MARKET intelligence and providing farmers with the right tools to drive business efficiency will be at the core of the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) going forward, its chairman said.
THERE were 26,484 lambs forward for the Farmers Guardian sponsored two day show and sale of mule gimmer lambs on behalf of NEMSA on Monday and Tuesday at Hawes.
Shows and events
The one-day Dairy Show takes place at the beginning of October. Katie Jones takes a look at what is in store for visitors.
The first ever UK Dairy Day is underway, and all the breeds have now been judged….
On the farm
Switching from a high input Holstein herd to an extensive grass-based system is no easy feat, but it can pay considerable dividends.
Profit From Grass
Thoughts have now turned to providing grass covers for ewes ahead of tupping for Dorset-based Profit from Grass beef and sheep farmer Mike Miller and DairyCo offer advice on sward management to help make autumn a successful, and profitable, grazing season.
Our two Forage Watch farmers update us on how they are faring with stretching out existing maize crops and how they have got on with third cut silage.
It was all hands on deck for third cut silage making at Lawrence House on 16 August, with nine tractors working to get the crop in ahead of the rain.
TB in cattle
THE head of RSPCA Freedom Food has vowed to build bridges with the farming community after the damage done by former RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant.
New products and research
UK SOILS in common with most agricultural land across the EU are deficient in selenium, a vital mineral for a healthy immune system.
Cow Signals, a concept which encourages farmers to observe their cows and their environment to help identify problems and issues, has been steadily gathering momentum in the UK. Katie Jones attended a one-day theory and practical workshop to learn more.
Commercial livestock production and environmental schemes: are they compatible or in conflict? Chloe Palmer hears both sides of the argument.
Advice and handy hints
Home-grown feeds can prove to be a cost effective part of a mixed forage diet, but with many different options avaiable it can be tricky to decide which one is best for you. Louise Hartley speaks to ProCam agronomist Alex Silverwood about five of the most popular forage crops in the UK.
The vet column
Flies and maggots have been a particular problem for livestock in recent months. Louise Hartley talks to vet Polly Gratwick about three of the main fly diseases farmers should be looking out for.