News & Blogs - September 2016

Take home messages:  We can improve the nutrition of the sow before and after farrowing to improve piglet survival.  It is essential that piglets receive enough good quality colostrum in the first 24 hours after farrowing for their health...
Ruth Wonfor, IBERS for Farming Connect~Friday, 30 September, 2016 - 14:56    
Take home messages:   50% of piglet deaths before weaning take place within the first 3 days after farrowing due to low vitality and viability. We can improve piglet survival through improving management practices in both farrowing crates...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Friday, 30 September, 2016 - 14:20    
Summary Collecting data on farm has transformed and is now relatively cheap and increasingly easy. Data can be aggregated and compared across different businesses, regions, and countries and promises real-time business benchmarking. Third parties, in...
Summary of Jonathan Dyer, Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship report~Friday, 30 September, 2016 - 08:02    
Summary Rewilding aims to restore natural processes that are self-regulating, reducing the need for human management of land. Few rewilding projects are underway, and there is limited evidence on their impacts. Rewilding may provide ecosystem servic...
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology~Friday, 30 September, 2016 - 06:44    
Eating bread made with ancient grains as part of a healthy diet could help lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels -- leading risk factors for heart attack and stroke -- according to new research. The study doesn't prove that ancient grains preven...
ScienceDaily~Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 13:01    
While welcoming the recent call by the NFU for the introduction of mandatory origin labelling of meat and milk in processed products, Bristol-based agricultural software specialist, Agrantec, believes that much more can be done by adopting an ‘...
Agrantec~Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 12:50    
Summary The best breeding programmes have clear, consistent breeding goals, based on client profitability, irrespective of the size of the programme. Selection for feed efficiency in beef cattle has great potential to improve profitability in the fi...
Summary of Neil McGowan's, Nuffield Scholarships Trust Report~Thursday, 29 September, 2016 - 09:01    
The largest simulation to date of the numbers of cattle and badgers infected with tuberculosis (TB) casts serious doubts about the extent to which badgers cause TB in cattle, according to research from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Using a...
ScienceDaily~Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 09:51    
Earlier this year, seven LEAF Demonstration Farmers took part in the Environment Agency’s Agriculture Placement Scheme. The pilot scheme enabled EA officers to shadow farmers and learn how their businesses work in order to increase their techn...
Robert Iles, Environment Agency for LEAF~Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 08:16    
When you were sitting on the combine seat, did you notice that good patch of wheat, where the crop bunched up nicely on the Cutter bar and you had to drop the speed to help it through? Or that curious thin patch that needs further investigation? It w...
Agrovista~Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 08:07    
Anglia Farmers are running a new field lab through the Innovative Farmers network, investigating alternative ways to terminate cover crops. Many farmers rely on the chemical herbicide glyphosate to destroy unwanted crops at certain points within the...
Innovative Farmers~Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 07:20    
Prioritising herbicide applications on newly drilled grass leys this autumn will be more effective than waiting until the spring and hold potential saving for farmers. The control of seedling weeds and especially docks during the establishment of a n...
Simon Pope, Wynnstay Arable~Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 06:20    
Precision agriculture (or precision farming) aims to generate more output in agricultural activities while using less input (water, energy, fertilisers, pesticides …). It is a management concept, taking the precise needs of crops and livestock...
Lieve Van Woensel and Sarah McCormack for the European Parliamentary Research Service~Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 10:02    
A handful of biologists is working to endow major crops with the ability to "fix" nitrogen from the air into a biochemically usable form, a talent that is currently limited to certain microbes—and is essential to life. Altering cereals to produ...
Erik Stokstad in Science and the John Innes Institute~Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 09:14    
University of Guelph plant scientists have shown for the first time how an ancient crop teams up with a beneficial microbe to protect against a devastating fungal infection, a discovery that may benefit millions of subsistence farmers and livestock i...
Science Daily~Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 06:09    
The team at Agrihive UK are delighted to present the findings from our dairy summit and case study competition. The booklet is attached below and contains the recommendations of the winning entry from Cumbria's Paul Barrow and those of our runners-up...
Agrihive UK~Tuesday, 27 September, 2016 - 05:37    
Building the Data Platform The Agrimetrics data platform links agri -food data across applications, businesses and locations, using the latest technologies in data representation to aggregate and compartmentalise public & private data (find...
Agrimetrics Newsletter~Monday, 26 September, 2016 - 13:20    
Summary More focus is necessary on a higher welfare barn egg with natural daylight. We need to reconsider the industry stance on beak trimming to protect our domestic market. Security lies in diversity, building healthy resilient mixed farming syst...
Summary of Gordon Whiteford's Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report~Monday, 26 September, 2016 - 11:17    
Summary TB Eradication demands a clear understanding of the disease, structure of the industry and the sociological issues. All parties must know their roles and work together. An eradication programme needs financial and political stability. Adher...
Summary of Dafydd Saunders-Jones’ Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Report~Monday, 26 September, 2016 - 10:28    
IBEX2 is an InnovateUK project building an extreme mobility autonomous weed spraying system. Unlike most previous agribots it operates on Less Favoured Areas of farm land, undulating and hilly farms, and bracken-covered moorland. IBEX2 is a self-driv...
Ibex Automation Ltd~Monday, 26 September, 2016 - 07:09