1. News
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    May 8, 2018

    Farmers wanting to improve their grassland can now choose from 11 new varieties of ryegrass and one white clover variety when planning for reseeding.

    The new varieties have been added to the 2018/2019 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL) which will be launched at the Grassland UK event at the Bath & West showground on 10 May and Royal Welsh Grassland event in Powys on 16 May.

    Dr Liz Genever, AHDB Senior Scientist, said: “The lists give details on the performance and characteristics of each variety. When thinking about reseeding they are an invaluable tool, helping farmers make informed decisions with their seed merchants about the varieties that will perform best on their farm and help them get the most out of their grassland.

    “Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease and persistence before making the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists.”

    In addition to providing information on the varieties, the RGCL also includes a range of technical information for farmers on how they can manage their reseed and maximise the productivity of their grassland.

    The 2018/2019 RGCL handbook and the full lists for merchants will be available to download from...
  2. Farming Monthly National RSS
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    May 8, 2018

    Written by FM Web Editor


    Pictured back row l-r: Avian Specialist, John Underwood, Avian and Swine Brand Manager,Callum Blair, Avian Veterinary Adviser, Mike Clark and David Strachan, Head of Avian and Swine UK and Ireland. Front row l-r : Avian Specialist, Jennifer Lock, Samantha Laxen, Avian and Swine Marketing and Business Assistant

    Over the past fifteen years Merial Animal Health and Boehringer Ingelheim’s avian and swine departments have produced a number of innovative vaccines for improved animal health. Following Boehringer Ingleheim’s acquisition of Merial Animal Health, this focus on disease prevention continues, and is reflected in the ongoing investment in research into new vaccines for the poultry sector.

    Following the recent appointment of David Strachan as head of the UK and Ireland Avian and Swine Business Unit, the rest of the avian team has now been announced. The team includes technical avian specialists and brings a wealth of practical experience from poultry production systems.

    The five-strong team is as follows:

    Avian and Swine Brand Manager – Callum Blair

    A Glasgow vet graduate, Callum spent over six years in mixed practice before joining the pharmaceutical industry. He brings with him a wealth of experience in many species areas, particularly vaccines and vaccination, following a 17-year industry career....
  3. The Guardian RSS
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    May 6, 2018

    Fish and chip shops battered by soaring costs and freak weather

    Written by Jamie Doward

    Brexit, online delivery services and bans on plastic threaten Britain’s national dish

    Anyone wanting to understand the economic problems facing Britain in the early 21st century need only consider its national dish.

    Chippies are confronting a long list of issues that threaten to send the price of their product rocketing as the holiday season approaches. Brexit, the popularity of online delivery services, freakish weather and concerns about the pollution caused by plastic are all putting pressure on the nation’s 10,500 fish and chip shops.

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    Since you’re here …

    … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.

    If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it,...
  4. News
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    May 4, 2018

    Applications are open for community groups and charities to apply for grant funding of up to £50,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

    The Fund is committed to supporting projects which will reinvigorate and sustain community networks by providing services and amenities.

    Claire Saunders, director of the Fund said: “This is a critical time for people and businesses in our rural areas, and we are seeking applicants for our grant programme who can help to ensure that their rural communities can thrive now and in the future.

    “We want to hear from innovative and creative community led projects that are responding to local needs and would urge people to consider applying. Whether this is bringing new life to your village shop and pub, increasing access to rural employment and training, or bringing together farming communities, we would love to hear from you.”

    Funding is also available for projects that will improve the prospects of viability for family farm businesses, for example by providing training or education schemes.

    Read more here...
  5. News
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    May 4, 2018

    Welcome! What a difference a month makes! After the snow and freezing conditions earlier in the year, April saw the hottest day on record since 1949, reaching over 29°C in London. With the weather set to return to more seasonable conditions, now is an ideal time to take advantage of the free advice available from the TB Advisory Service by signing up for an on-farm advice visit from one of our consultants. ‘We are working with a number of experienced vets and farm consultants to deliver bespoke advice to farmers in the High Risk and Edge Areas of England’ said Matt Dobbs, Project Director. ‘In addition, each consultant has attended a one-day workshop to understand the aims and objectives of the project, and is able to call upon the specialist skills and knowledge of some of the country’s leading TB experts that make up the project’s Technical Board. The main aim of the advice visit is to agree a number of practical, cost effective measures that a farmer can take to reduce the risk and impact of TB for their own business. For some farmers, it can feel like TB is inevitable, but often, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the risk and the TB Advisory Service is here to help farmers take back some control.’

    Top Tips – Mineral Licks

    Many farmers use mineral licks to supplement cattle – especially those out at grass during the spring. However, badgers are often attracted to these licks, in particular where molasses is included to increase palatability. Not only...
  6. AHDB Podcast RSS
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    May 4, 2018

    22: Talking tillage

    Written by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds

    This month, AHDB machinery guru Harry Henderson hears from five different farmers on their different approaches to tilling. Is no-till for you? Listen and see what you think.

    We also hear from AHDB's Sajjad Awan and Jason Pole on a review of autumn N applications.

    For more on no-till, visit cereals.ahdb.org.uk/notill

    Soundtrack files created by: Serylis, Rutgermuller, Barrelcarb , Eltenjohn, Digifishmusic, Growingup_fawn, Sangtao, Edtijo and others via Freesound

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  7. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
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    May 4, 2018

    061 A 'Health & Harmony' Special with Minette Batters

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    Tonight for this Rock & Roll Farming special, I talk to NFU President Minette Batters.

    We discuss the 'Health & Harmony' DEFRA consultation papers; why working farmers should respond to them, what's good about them, what's bad about them, what we as farmers need to happen post-brexit, and crucially, whether she employs a Donald Trump extreme handshake OR a Tory front bench power-stance when meeting with Government VIPs.

    Check it out folks..

    This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more information please visit www.nfu-cymru.org.uk or www.rockandrollfarming.com

    Rock & Roll Farming is proud to work in partnership with Farmer's Guardian. For all the latest news and features from across the Ag industry, please visit www.fginsight.com

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  8. CPM RSS
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    May 3, 2018

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    Understanding the world beneath our feet holds the key to developing sustainable farming practices. CPM looks at the progress being made in the AHDB-BBRO Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership. Soil is like a desert with the occasional oasis. By Lucy de la Pasture The importance of the soil in sustaining life has been recognised for centuries. In the 1500’s Leonardo Da Vinci famously said, ‘We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.’ Since then a massive amount of research has taken place into soils but a disconnect remains between pure science and its application in the field, says Dr Elizabeth Stockdale, NIAB head of farming systems research. She’s leading the Soil Biology and Soil Health Partnership, part of AHDB’s GREATsoils programme, and has a remit to address this disconnect and find practical ways of assessing soil health. It’s a project that has a dynamic approach, working closely with industry partners as well as growers, who are sharing their tacit knowledge of managing their own soils and providing a testbed for a package of indicators for soil health. “The partnership brings together expertise spanning from the newest science to practical knowledge. Within…
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    May 3, 2018

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    A new summer-sown biofumigant mix is available this year. CPM finds out just how hot the Vindaloo is. The golden rule is to chop the crop thoroughly and as finely as possible. By Rob Jones Summer Vindaloo contains the hottest mustard varieties and very hot rocket. As well as their ability to turn up the heat, the constituent varieties have also been selected for their rapid growth, says Shrops-based Agrovista agronomist Andrew Wade. The spicy mixture has the potential to outperform conventional autumn-sown, overwintered varieties in the suppression of potato cyst nematode. The mix is aimed at growers, especially on trickier land, who prefer or need to complete their deep cultivations before winter sets in, he says. Andrew Wade says it’s best to allow PCN cysts to deteriorate for a few years before growing a biofumigant crop. “As long as Summer Vindaloo is sown early enough, in July or early Aug, it can be incorporated in Oct and will deliver at least as powerful a punch as the more traditional over-wintered mixes.” Sowing at that time will ensure the plants develop enough bulk to deliver a high enough dose of isothiocyanate (ITC) gas, which is released…
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  10. News
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    May 3, 2018

    The May Parasite Forecast and Nematodirus webinar are now available for viewing. Please see below details for all the latest NADIS updates.

    Parasite Forecast

    • Worming ewes and lambs
    • Nematodirus risk
    • Sheep Blowfly control
    • Worm control in cattle
    • Fly control

    NADIS Blowfly Alert


    The Blowfly Alert in conjunction with Elanco predicts the emergence of blowflies based on Met Office data. It will be updated every two weeks to show the areas of the UK at risk of blowfly strike in sheep. Please take time to record cases of strike on the 'Blowfly Tracker'. Visit the NADIS website to find out more.


    From 3rd May 2018