1. H

    Fodder beet

    Looking at the benefits of feeding fodder beet to our growing cattle (8-14mth) and finishing cattle. Is it worth adding to either of the mixes. And how often can I grow it in the same field? Thanks in advance
  2. Farm Business RSS

    Projects taking on cattle and pig diseases receive €3.5 million backing

    Written by Iain Hoey Two projects coordinated by researchers at The Pirbright Institute designed to improve pig and cattle health have received a combined total of €3.5 million in funding. The research aims to tackle three important livestock viruses – bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV)...

    New law to encourage the burning of cleaner fuels at home

    New law to encourage the burning of cleaner fuels at home Written by Defra Press Office On Saturday 1st May, new legal restrictions came into force on the kinds of fuels that people will be able to buy to burn at home. People with log burners and open fires can still use them, but will be...
  4. R

    It's probably too late, UK will soon be a totalitarian puppet.

    I'm going to get called names here inevitably. But if you do not think that something is very wrong with the UK atm, I would urge you to seek out alternative media to get a balanced picture, having been fed fear media for over a year. One with covid death today, 105 this week, 7 more weeks till...
  5. Farmer_Joe

    Lambs found dead looked spot on day before?

    As above I've had 2 prob 3 week old lambs which I've just found dead no signs of problems i.e big guts shitting out etc? both growing nicely and decent size until they stopped living... 1 of them i saw the day before and it was fine? both had snotty noses, thinking Pasteurella or clostridia...
  6. Farmer Roy

    No one ever forgets living through a mouse plague

  7. M

    Nitrogen 3rd pass

    What’s everybody doing? Our milling winter wheats were planted mid October to mid November and so far had 165kg N. We are due another 80kg (liquid) to go for group 1 spec but whilst the calendar says go the crops I think are a month behind due to the dry spell. N2 went on a month ago but it’s...
  8. daveydiesel1

    Black leg

    Lost 2 calves to black leg this week. Field was reseeded last year after being reclaimed after we bought the land so never grazed it before. Was wondering what causes blackleg? I know u can vaccinate for it but never knew what the cause is
  9. stroller

    Nelson wheat

    Anybody else growing it?
  10. Bob lincs

    Cover crop oats

    We have a field that was due to be drilled with beans this spring so in the backend we drilled a strip 21m wide diagonally across it with 30kg/ha of oats as a cheap cover experiment. Over the winter we had a bit of a shuffle around with our cropping so this field is now drilled with spring...
  11. Electricfencer

    I hate weekends!

    Anyone else fed up with weekends. People leaving gates open, dogs running wild (more than normal) and the phone never stops with wannabe shepherds telling me how to do my job!
  12. Fair Play News

    BSPB hails EU study as a boost for innovative plant breeding

    The British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has welcomed today’s publication by the European Commission of a wide-ranging study into the legal status of new precision breeding techniques as an important step towards better regulation of these technologies across Europe. The study concluded...
  13. A

    T1 Fungicide advice please

    Hi all. Have been sent Skyway (very expensive) by my agronomist to apply as a T1 alongside Toledo, which I already have in stock. Wheat variety is Costello which I believe is very tolerant against rust- is there any advantage to applying the Toledo AND Skyway or can some more experienced arable...
  14. B

    Trailer Hire

    I’m getting an Ifor Williams 8x4 sheep trailer soon, and was looking into hiring it out when I’m not using it. I would have loved this service when had a few sheep, so hopefully I’ll be able to help other smallholders or farmers who’s trailers are out of service. My plan was to use word of mouth...
  15. CopperBeech


    Does anyone know anything about or have any thoughts / opinions about the innovis shedding composite ?
  16. CPM RSS

    New cereal disease decision support tool launched

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham Syngenta has launched a new, online support tool to help growers with fungicide decisions in winter wheat and in winter and spring barley. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Available at www.syngenta.co.uk/rust-locator-2021/fungicide-decision-tool, the interactive...
  17. M

    Farmer BASIS

    Hi all just wondering how many farmers on here have done their BASIS? Is it easy enough to do and worthwhile doing? My current agronomist is planning on retiring soon and I just thought it’s something I could do. It can’t be that difficult can it? My agronomist tells me that he needs to...
  18. AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

    Cold weather having an impact on EU and US grain crops

    As we have reported over the past few weeks, cold and dry weather has been causing concern for new-crop grains supply, fuelling the current rally. Daily gains have now been seen across the global grains complex, with nearby Chicago maize prices rising 16% over the past 6 days, to close at...
  19. Farm Business RSS

    Make magnesium supplementation part of grass tetany prevention this spring

    Written by John Swire With the right management plan in place, grass tetany is preventable for beef, dairy and sheep farmers. Dr Alison Bond, nutritionist for Rumenco, outlines what to include. As grass growth begins to pick up, beef, dairy and sheep producers need to implement strategic...