News & Blogs - November 2016

Case Study: The Aitken family, Buckhaven, Kirkcaldy, Fife Agronomy+ helps major arable expansion without additional staff or risk Taking on more land is always a challenge. But it becomes particularly challenging when you’re almost tripling...
Agrii~Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 07:35    
KisanHub, a Cambridge-based agricultural software company, has been working with NIAB to deliver a new software platform to the NIAB TAG membership. Every member has been given access to niabnetwork.com, with 1,300 already signed up. A great start, b...
KisanHub~Wednesday, 30 November, 2016 - 07:20    
An average harvest and rising fixed costs have meant that AHDB Wantage Monitor Farm host Julian Gold has seen, like many farmers, falling arable gross margins. For this reason, he was keen that the Monitor Farm group carefully evaluate the potential...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Monday, 28 November, 2016 - 08:32    
Background: The aim of this ecological study was to identify the main nutritional factors related to the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Europe, based on a comparison of international statistics. Design: The mean consumption of 62 fo...
Pavel Grasgruber et al, Masaryk University, Czech Republic in Food and Nutrition Research in Food and Nutrition Research~Monday, 28 November, 2016 - 08:18    
Diseases transmitted from wildlife to livestock or people may be managed more effectively if it is known where transmission occurs. In Britain, farm buildings have been proposed as important sites of Mycobacterium bovis transmission between wild badg...
R Woodroffe et al, UCL Discovery~Monday, 28 November, 2016 - 08:03    
Shortening or omitting the dry period (DP) in dairy cows is of interest because of potential beneficial effects on energy balance and metabolic health. Reported effects of a short or omitted dry period on udder health are ambiguous. This study aimed...
RJ van Hoej et al in Journal of Dairy Science~Monday, 28 November, 2016 - 07:50    
The Stapledon Memorial Trust and the British Grassland Society have recently announced the launch of a new scheme of innovation awards. The STAPLEDON INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP scheme will to provide awards to individuals to support studies of innovative...
Stapledon Memorial Trust and British Grassland Society~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 13:41    
A team of researchers has suggested ten clear ways in which governments can protect and secure pollination services. A recent global assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) confirmed...
ScienceDaily~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 13:03    
The Forage Grass Breeding Programme at AFBI Loughgall continues to play a vital role in increasing productivity from local grassland farms. In recent years AFBI has launched over 30 varieties which have been developed for local use. Glenarm, a new...
AFBI, Northern Ireland~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 12:36    
YieldCheck is an innovative and proven online software system which allows growers to collect data about their crops and produce real-time forecasts of how total or graded yield will develop as the season progresses. Developed by experts at Cambridge...
NIAB CUF~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 12:20    
After many years of extensive trialling and promotion of differing methods of control, black-grass is still a major problem for British cereal growers. Despite all these attempts of control it has spread far beyond its original ‘A14 corridor...
Agrovista from Tillage Magazine~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 11:09    
Pathogens can be introduced to a poultry flock via air, pests, people, water and feed. Their prevalence and impact is largely dependent upon the quality of the environment and the health and welfare of the birds. Healthy birds have a higher tolerance...
Laura Holmes, World Poultry~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 09:30    
“We must develop a collaborative dairy industry that can compete effectively in the UK and on the world markets.” That’s the view of NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes who today renewed his call for new dairy Producer Organi...
NFU press release~Friday, 25 November, 2016 - 07:56    
The effect of Brexit on the UK’s renewable and low carbon energy policy will be outlined by the Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben - chairman of the committee on climate change, at the Energy Now Expo next February 8 & 9 2017. A key note spea...
Energy Now Expo~Thursday, 24 November, 2016 - 14:43    
A cutting edge new technology system, which can remotely monitor soft fruit crops for stresses, is being developed. The automated imaging system is able to monitor and measure how plants respond to stresses such as drought or attacks by pests or dis...
AHDB Horticulture~Thursday, 24 November, 2016 - 12:37    
Summary  As bioethanol production has increased, more of a wheat by-product has become available and is being used as a poultry feed. However, its nutritional value for poultry is variable. This study aimed to investigate the differences betwee...
Isobel Whiting et al, Harper Adams University~Thursday, 24 November, 2016 - 09:47    
While yield is by no means everything, research suggests that yields achieved in practice fall short of their potential. Undoubtedly there are many factors at play, some controllable and some not, but the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) was created t...
Crop Production Magazine via ADAS~Wednesday, 23 November, 2016 - 17:22    
From November 26th 2016, all pesticide application equipment in use requires, by law, a valid National Sprayer Testing Scheme (NSTS) certificate. This includes trailed, mounted and self-propelled sprayers as well as foggers, misters, granular and sl...
The Vountary Initiative~Wednesday, 23 November, 2016 - 16:20    
This paper summarises the conclusions and recommendations from Douglas Wanstall’s Nuffield Farming Scholarships Report. The report is entitled “Building financial resilience in free range egg production” but it is constructed in a w...
Summary of Douglas Wanstall, Nuffield Farming Scholarships Report~Wednesday, 23 November, 2016 - 10:54    
The case for alternative protein sources for animal feed  Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University. Vegetable based protein for livestock feed in the UK is primarily sourced from soy bean imported from South America.  Reliance on...
Dr William Stiles: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 - 16:33