News & Blogs - December 2016

Cows produce more milk when they are lying down due an estimated 25% increase in blood flow to the mammary gland. Various research puts the increased milk yield at between 1 and 2 litres for every extra hour lying down. However, this is a simplified...
Kingshay~Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 12:18    
At the start of the project over 3.9 million carcass records from 2001 to 2014 were available from six different abattoirs. At the completion of the project, seven abattoirs are supplying data – in some cases records are transferred routinely (...
Kirsty Moore, SRUC et al~Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 10:32    
While it is difficult to be precise about the extent to which growers embrace spring cropping, figures and anecdotal evidence nevertheless point towards a trend. Defra provisional crop areas published in June show the spring barley area in England i...
Agrovista~Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 10:04    
The pressing global issue of food insecurity due to population growth, diminishing land and variable climate can only be addressed in agriculture by improving both maximum crop yield potential and resilience. Genetic modification is one potential sol...
Cara A Griffiths, Rothamsted Research et al in Nature~Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 09:39    
This year, numerous reports have posited that agriculture stands on the cusp of another technological revolution, with drones and robots - now frequently used in research and field trials - set to revolutionise field work in the near future, allowing...
Farming Online~Friday, 23 December, 2016 - 08:50    
2016 – a notable vintage  Harvest 2016 will be remembered as an English wine vintage of exceptional quality. The quantity, however, is likely to be low because the wetter than average June meant poor flowering and subsequent high disease...
Julien Lecourt and Emma Tilston, NIAB EMR~Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 16:13    
An Outlook on Omnivorism and the Environmental “Hoofprint” of Livestock Introduction Each year, humanity produces more than 310 million tonnes of meat. That entails raising and slaughtering billions of chickens, pigs, and cows and proc...
Marian Swan, The Breakthrough Institute~Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 15:10    
Research recommended for effective science communicationThe "deficit model," which focuses on simply conveying more information, is wrong strategy for effectively communicating scientific findings. A new report from the National Academies of Science...
Tim Lundeen in Feedstuffs~Thursday, 22 December, 2016 - 07:57    
What are the predictions of Elucidat for the new year? Here are the top 10 eLearning trends to watch in 2017. Contextualized Learning Expect to see a wider acceptance of microlearning and digital learning design that addresses the needs of the...
Elucidat~Wednesday, 21 December, 2016 - 12:21    
How to reduce costs without reducing yield The AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Monitor Farm network met for the second year running this November at Horwood House, near Milton Keynes. The 24-hour conference featured presentations from Monitor Farm hos...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Wednesday, 21 December, 2016 - 09:50    
A UK solar park has been found to change the local microclimate. Moreover, the microclimate coupled with management activities had an impact on greenhouse gas emissions and plant-community diversity and productivity under the solar panels. The study...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 16:16    
A new method of processing food waste into fertiliser has been outlined in a recent study. The process uses a digester system with microorganisms to break down organic waste into fertiliser. The resultant fertiliser was used in a low-energy greenhous...
EC Science for Environment Policy~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 15:50    
A new online tool to help farmers and operators check their spraying practices has been launched by The Voluntary Initiative (VI). The new tool was developed by the Crop Protection Association with support from Catchment Sensitive Farming and has 22...
The Voluntary Initiative~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 15:03    
AHDB Horticulture-funded knowledge exchange programme ‘GREATsoils’ has seen out a successful 2016, with a trial demonstration event held at fresh produce growers, Valefresco. Valefresco are one of six field trials which aim to compare dif...
AHDB Horticulture~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 10:15    
Nest predators can have significant impacts on songbird reproductive success. These impacts may be amplified by habitat simplification and here we test whether sympathetic management of farmland hedgerows can reduce nest depredation, especially by co...
Jenny C Dunn, RSPB et al in the Journal of Environmental Management~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 09:22    
Tracking individual animals within large groups is increasingly possible, offering an exciting opportunity to researchers. Whereas previously only relatively indistinguishable groups of individual animals could be observed and combined into pen level...
Janice M Seigford, Michigan State University et al in Animals 16~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 08:59    
Consideration of animal welfare is essential to address the consumers’ demands and for the long term sustainability of commercial poultry. However, assessing welfare in large poultry flocks, to be able to detect potential welfare risks and to c...
Neila Tecmalia, Arkaute Agrifood Campus, Spain et al in Animals 16~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 08:32    
Commercial free-range production has become a significant sector of the fresh egg market due to legislation banning conventional cages and consumer preference for products perceived as welfare friendly, as access to outdoor range can lead to welfare...
Leonard Ikenna Cielo et al, University of Lincoln in Animals 16~Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 08:08    
Growers can access the scientific theory behind cover crops, thanks to the results of a comprehensive review funded by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds. The nine-month review, by ADAS and NIAB TAG, provides the most comprehensive analysis of cover crops...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 16:36    
A drone has been equipped with feathers to increase its precision during flight. The bio-inspired device can spread or close its wings while flying, making it easier to maneuver and more resistant in high winds. When they need to change direction, i...
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne~Monday, 19 December, 2016 - 13:56