News & Blogs - August 2016

The UK farming industry is uniting to support Red Tractor Week this September as an autumn campaign dedicated to promoting great, British food gets underway. Now in its fifth year, Red Tractor Week (12 to 18 September) includes a huge programme of ac...
Charlotte Johnston, Red Tractor~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 14:25    
To maximise animal performance from pasture we must first ensure we are optimising the production of grass at farm level. The average level of grass produced nationally is 9.1 t DM/ha, with the top farms producing over 15 t DM/ha. There is huge scope...
Germinal~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 12:04    
Of the greenhouse gases produced by humans, 16 per cent consists of methane, of which one third originates in cattle production: more than one billion cattle graze the planet, and each of them emit around 500 litres of methane every day. Could it be...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 11:25    
When farmers spray their fields with pesticides or other treatments, only 2 percent of the spray sticks to the plants. A significant portion of it typically bounces right off the plants, lands on the ground, and becomes part of the runoff that flows...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 11:11    
From natural ecosystems to farmers' fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and outcompete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease. But what if you could grow a plant that does both at the same time?...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 10:52    
Summary It is expected that there will be a time lag between any effect due to badger removal leading to decreased transmission of infection and any observable reduction in bTB incidence in cattle. Whilst there were small differences in disease incid...
Animal and Health Plant Agency, APHA~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 10:00    
Finding the optimum seed rate for any winter oilseed rape (OSR) crop can be tricky given irregular weather and pests. But there is increasing evidence to suggest lower sowing density could benefit margins, especially for hybrid varieties. To help gro...
Bayer Crop Science~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 08:18    
Do you know the cost of production on your dairy farm? This must have been the most asked question of dairy farmers up and down the United Kingdom during this lengthy and severe dairy crisis. From politicians to financiers, it has been a topic of gre...
Neil Wilson, HSBC for AHDB_Dairy~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 07:23    
Introduction  Extremely common problem in young cattle  Most common cause of death in dairy-bred calves – Highest risk period is the first 12 weeks of life  Causes  Calf pneumonia is caused by a mixture of viruses and bact...
Volac for Scottish Dairy Hub~Wednesday, 31 August, 2016 - 05:53    
After feed, labour is often the second biggest cost to a dairy farm business. Figures from the AHDB Dairy Evidence report GB Dairy herd performance 2014/15 shows that there is can be a marked difference in the labour deployed as can be seen below. I...
Ian Lindsay, LKL Services for AHDB_Dairy~Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 16:13    
Summary Resistance has been found in many important insect pests in the UK, including the peach-potato aphid, Myzus persicae, which damages several arable and horticultural crops, particularly those grown under protection.The abundance and distributi...
Mark Ramsden, ADAS~Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 15:30    
Zoetis~Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 12:32    
The EU ban on conventional barren cages for laying hens from 2012 has improved many aspects of laying hen welfare. The new housing systems allow for the expression of highly-motivated behaviours. However, the systems available for intensive large-sca...
Bruce Davis, Norwegian Veterinary Institute et al in Animals~Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 - 05:56    
The AOX Founder Club The AOX is preparing for an invitation only launch in September. We are launching first in a test mode we call ‘Fantasy Farming’, where our Founder Club traders can use the AOX with a dummy account and compete agains...
The AOX~Friday, 26 August, 2016 - 14:15    
Issues facing agriculture today are well-documented, perhaps the main conflict being between producing enough food for a growing population and the need to reduce our impacts on the natural environment. Ruminant production has come under close scruti...
Sarah Watson-Jones, IBERS, Aberystwyth for ATP pasture~Friday, 26 August, 2016 - 12:37    
Not the most riveting of topics, but very important! DEFRA and the Environment Agency have updated their guidance for farmers on how to deal with white asbestos. The full information can be found on their webpage here. There are several different typ...
Judy Pearson, Blonde Ag Advisor~Friday, 26 August, 2016 - 09:17    
New Rules for Bait Rodenticides: Are You Compliant? What: After 30 September you must be able to demonstrate compliance with the UK Rodenticide Stewardship requirements before you are allowed to buy and use bait rodenticides. AHDB has scheduled two...
AHDB~Friday, 26 August, 2016 - 06:44    
Organic sources of nitrogen are an important input to agricultural systems in Scotland. When properly used they can improve productivity, save money, improve soil quality and provide a useful means of recycling organic wastes some of which would othe...
Farming for a Better Climate, SRUC~Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 11:01    
The impacts of nutrient application, whether slurries and manures or inorganic fertilisers, on climate change are principally : emissions from organic or inorganic fertilisers during and after application  the “lifecycle” emissions...
Farming for a Better Climate, SRUC~Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 10:46    
In nature, plants cannot grow without soil biota like fungi and bacteria. Successful plants are able to harness positive, growth-promoting soil organisms, while avoiding the negative effects of others. Which plant traits can predict these interaction...
ScienceDaily~Thursday, 25 August, 2016 - 10:09