News & Blogs - October 2016

Take home messages:  Blanket dry cow therapy should be considered an unacceptable practice. This is in line with the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Frameworks recommendation of ‘promoting the minimising of routine use of antibiotics...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 15:42    
“In no sector is the shake out from Brexit going to be more profound” according to George Freeman MP, senior policy advisor to the Prime Minister. The decision to leave the EU is a hugely significant moment for agriculture, ending more th...
James Farrell, Head of Strutt & Parker Consulltancy~Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 13:28    
Scientists at The Pirbright Institute have been encouraged by the results from a potential new vaccine candidate against Marek’s disease (MD). Using a new combination of virus genetic material, which carries a single gene from a virulent strain...
The Poultry Site~Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 12:18    
Red Tractor Assurance has opened an industry-wide consultation on changes to its farm standards which will be implemented in October 2017. Carried out every three years, the process sets out revisions to the scheme against which Red Tractor assured...
Red Tractor Assurance~Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 11:48    
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a monograph in 2015 concluding that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” (Group 2A) based on limited evidence in humans and sufficient evidence in experimental an...
Gary M Williams et al in Critical Reviews in Toxology, Taylor & Francis Online~Monday, 31 October, 2016 - 08:58    
Recent years have seen proposals to reintroduce lynx, wolves and bears into the countryside. The idea has captured the public imagination – but what does "rewilding" mean for rural communities? Jessica Sellick investigates. In 2011, I visited...
Jessica Sellick, Rose Regeneration for the Rural Services Network~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 14:48    
Farm491 is delighted to be joining other agricultural businesses at the Farm Business Innovation Show this November and will be advising, networking and supporting farmers who may be looking for ways to maximise their land use through diversificatio...
Farm491~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 13:45    
Employers and people who use guns have a legal duty to ensure that they take all reasonable practical measures so that no one is put at risk. This duty extends to farm staff, gamekeepers, beaters, pickers-up, guest volunteers, and members of the publ...
Strutt & Parker, Health & Safety Update October 2016~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 13:28    
Industrialisation has elevated atmospheric levels of CO2 from original 280 ppm to current levels at 400 ppm, which is estimated to double by 2050. Although high atmospheric CO2 levels affect insect interactions with host plants, the imp...
Annals of Applied Biology~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 13:10    
Recognised welfare outcome assessments within farm assurance schemes have shown a reduction in feather loss and improvement in the welfare of UK cage-free laying hens, according to the findings of a study from the AssureWel project by the University...
University of Bristol~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 12:57    
Agroforestry, defined by the EU as ‘land-use systems in which trees are grown in combination with agriculture on the same land’, can help meet the needs of a growing population and protect the environment. It can be used with both crop an...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 11:25    
Pork CRC and the South Australian government have contributed $150,000 towards a world first initiative by Autism CRC and SunPork Farms to employ autistic adults in animal care positions in the Australian pork industry. Pilot projects in SA and Queen...
The Pig Site~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 10:38    
Summary The number of piglets born alive per litter has increased in Ireland by 2 pigs in the past 15 years, from 10.9 in 2000 to 12.9 in 2015 (Teagasc PIGSYS, 2015). This trend is set to continue. Interpig (2015) showed that in 2015 the number born...
Peader Lawlor, Teagasc Moorepark , Teagasc Pig Farmer's Conference Proceedings~Friday, 28 October, 2016 - 07:10    
Messages To build a sustainable farm business and industry we must: Tell our story and celebrate our industry  Put soil health first  Celebrate the role of small farmers  Nurture people  Seek outcomes not output, effectiveness no...
Summary of Jonty Brunyee's, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Report~Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 10:43    
Moving less soil, and using cover crops in a rotation, should improve yield and long term soil management in the future, according to EJ Barker and Sons, who’ve already cut their diesel and wearing part usage during crop establishment, and are...
No-Till.uk~Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 09:57    
Two new post-emergence autumn herbicides have been launched this autumn, offering growers a means of improving blackgrass control. They offer some much-needed additional control of blackgrass when used according to advice, but before getting carried...
Louise Impey for Agrovista~Thursday, 27 October, 2016 - 09:37    
A cooperative of 18 mustard farmers have joined forces to embark on the UK’s biggest ever project to protect and eventually boost pollinator populations. The English Mustard Growers (EMG), a farm collective based in Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire...
FarmingUK~Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 14:57    
The potential for flood events is increased by current agricultural management practices and climate change. Planting trees and hedgerows can significantly increase water infiltration rate into soil and storage thereafter.  This reduces the po...
Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 14:04    
In a recently completed project for Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), three case studies were conducted by an ADAS-led team on farm businesses producing bioenergy crops. The case studies have now been published and show how farmers can diversify t...
Carla Turner, ADAS for the Global Food Security Websit~Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 09:02    
Audience members and experts explored what it would mean to produce food sustainably, and how we can achieve this for the world's growing population. People with an interest in all things 'foodie' came together at an event jointly organised by the Gr...
Alexandra Cheung, The Grantham Institute and the Ecotarian, Imperial College~Wednesday, 26 October, 2016 - 06:26