News & Blogs - February 2017

The world’s first system that instantly measures a chicken’s weight and its exact feed need is returning information about cage-free chickens at a level of detail never before achieved. The Precision Broiler Breeder Feeding System was des...
Barnhealth~Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 - 15:39    
Take-home messages Rapeseed meal could entirely replace soya bean meal in finisher pig diets Proportions of rapeseed meal in a diet could be lifted to 25% without it impacting on an animal’s performance Could be an opportunity for feed suppli...
BSAS~Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 - 15:16    
What is likely to be powering agricultural and farmyard machinery in ten or twenty years' time? A research / position paper for the NFU compile on current trends. d by Jonathan Scurlock, Tom Price, Richard Wordsworth and others The UK agricultural ma...
Jonathan Scurlock, et al, NFU~Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 - 12:57    
There are now a number of government and industry initiatives and funding streams to support agricultural innovation in the UK. This is part of a commitment from Government to create more jobs and promote growth through its Industrial Strategy; as we...
Jessica Sellick, Rose Regeneration for the Rural Services Network.~Tuesday, 28 February, 2017 - 10:51    
Arable farmers could maximise returns by including specialist crops in their rotations – and they can find out how at the Cereals Event 2017. As pressure to diversify and increase profits mounts, this year’s Cereals event (14-15 June) wil...
Cereals Event~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 15:44    
Cattle rustling is a huge and very expensive international problem that has actually been on the rise over the past decade. Now, a team of Australian and New Zealand scientists are hoping to put a dent in these crimes with a new theft-prevention syst...
Modern Farmer~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 12:56    
Running for the eighth time, the Bayer/FACE Awards celebrates the best of British agricultural education, recognising those who have made a significant and noteworthy impact on helping people understand the importance of farming and the countryside e...
Bayer Crop Science and FACE~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 11:33    
This is the seventh annual NMR InterHerd+ KPI Study 2016 of performance in Holstein Friesian herds, covering the 12 months up to 31st August 2016. The 500 study herds are selected to ensure they are representative of all black and white herds (from t...
James Hanks, University of Reading for NMR~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 09:53    
Through the Farmers Club Charitable Trust, with generous support from two major sponsors, 17 agriculturalists have participated in courses offered by the Windsor Leadership Trust over the past five years. The WLT aims to provide inspirational program...
The Farmers Club~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 08:19    
Black-grass requires a three-pronged attack to promote and develop sustainable management solutions, according to the main findings arising from an AHDB-funded workshop. Organised by the BBSRC/AHDB Black-Grass Resistance Initiative (BGRI), the worksh...
AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds~Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 07:40    
The need for a new approach to food production and an urgent need for people to reconnect with their food, were the key themes of The City Food Lecture 2017 held on 21 February.  The lecture was prepared by Chris Elliott, the professor of food s...
New Food Magazine~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 17:02    
Poultry producers are facing a particularly high risk of red mite infestation this spring, with warm weather and the need to house birds causing outbreaks across the country. “The worry of avian influenza is at the forefront of everyone’s...
St David’s Poultry Team~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 14:06    
The effect of alternative bedding materials on sheep behaviour and welfare Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University   Bedding is important for keeping animals clean and dry but also for environmental enrichment in housed sheep systems to...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 13:12    
Ectoparasites of sheep: Sheep Scab, Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University  Take home messages:  Sheep scab is caused by mites which live on the skin of the sheep, causing lesions, severe itching, loss of wool and ultimately a loss...
Dr Ruth Wonfor: IBERS, Aberystwyth University for Farming Connect~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 12:13    
The debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘Big Agri’. Glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised. Acting within the remit of its mandate, the Europe...
Euractiv~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 10:39    
For years now dairy cows have been growing in stature, however that trend needs to be arrested to ensure efficiency. That was the message at a recent AHDB Calf to Calving meeting held in Aberdeen. AHDB Dairy Technical Manager Andy Dodd explained that...
The Dairy Site~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 09:26    
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome is an endemic infectious disease of pigs, manifesting differently in pigs of different ages but primarily causing late-term abortions and stillbirths in sows and respiratory disease in piglets. The causat...
Christine Burkhard, The Roslin Institute, et al in PLOS Pathogens~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 09:11    
New Farmer to Farmer Machinery Rental is the ‘Airbnb for Farm Machinery’, helping to bring Asset Efficiency to British Farming  An innovative new farm machinery trading platform has launched in the UK. Farm-r is an online market-plac...
Farm-r~Friday, 24 February, 2017 - 07:58    
"Food production must double by 2050 to feed the world's growing population." This truism has been repeated so often in recent years that it has become widely accepted among academics, policymakers and farmers, but now researchers are challenging thi...
ScienceDaily~Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 16:09    
The Red Tractor logo is something that British farming can hang its hat on as new international trade agreements are negotiated.   That’s the view of Jim Moseley, chairman of Assured Food Standards which runs the assurance scheme.  Sp...
Red Tractor Assurance~Thursday, 23 February, 2017 - 12:49