1. AHDB Podcast RSS

    341: Making the best silage for dry cows

    341: Making the best silage for dry cows Written by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Milking cows and dry cows have very different requirements from their diet. What might be high quality silage for one animal is another’s poison! As forage makes up the major part of a cow's...
  2. ffukedfarmer

    Permanent pasture to winter barley - cover crop?

    I’ve got an unproductive field of grass that’s mainly meadow brome. The plan was to hay it this year but with it being so dry I can’t see there being anything there worth mowing. I’m still an amateur to growing cereals and a cover crop virgin so be gentle… I’m thinking: Burn off the grass in...
  3. Lallemand Animal Nut.

    Innovative ruminant diet formulation needed as feed costs soar

    With high feed costs jeopardising profitability, dairy and beef producers are being encouraged to utilise proven feed additives to make diets more cost effective and flexible, replicating the approach taken in monogastric diet formulation. “Fine tuning ruminant diets with proven feed additives...
  4. neilo

    Welsh 'Small Grants - Efficiency' scheme.

    It's not been trumpeted much by WAG and the first I heard about it was last week, but a new grant scheme is available in Wales, with the first application window now open. The 'Small Grants - Efficiency' is very similar to the previous FBG, but with a minimum grant claim of £1000 (max £12k). It...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Farmers urged to beware of bale contamination

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Following a very dry start to 2022, baled silage can be prone to soil contamination due to dust and slurry being incorporated into bales, said Daniel Robinson from agricultural testing specialist Eurofins Agro UK. “If slurry is not incorporated into...
  6. D

    AB7: Wholecrop Cereals - herbicide restrictions

    We're in a CS agreement this year forward. One of the options I reluctantly agreed to was the wholecrop option. It didn't seem that difficult to comply really but I didn't fully investigate the rules. There are only 5 active ingredients allowed with AB7. The fields we've put in as AB7 fields are...
  7. C

    Autumn calving cow milk yields

    I would be interested in hearing opinions on target milk yields of autumn calving cow calving September/October and going to grass last week of March early April depending on weather After turnout in the spring Would you go for a higher yield where the cow gets grass and cake or lower yield and...
  8. Aspiring Peasants


    I know disc mowers are more popular than drum mowers but I really dislike my Krone disc mower. It's on its fifth season, it's unreliable and is hard to get as tidy a job as with the vicon drum mower we used to have. Looking at alternatives, has anyone got a Weaving drum mower which I think are...
  9. CPM RSS

    Energy crops – Energy as income

    Written by cpm from CPM Magazine Download PDF Ten years of producing a diverse range of crops to feed a large gas-to-grid business has reinforced the critical importance of efficient forage conservation at a farm in Kent. CPM visits to find out more. We’re primarily an arable farm that has...
  10. hally


    Is there a cheaper alternative to grazon for spot spraying nettles. Also is the sprays sold on here competitive against Agrivista etc
  11. Agriland RSS

    Grain trade association: Meal rationing not on the cards yet

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association (NIGTA) chief executive, Gill Gallagher, has confirmed that meal rationing for livestock production purposes is not on the cards for next winter, at least not yet. But she is making no secret of the fact that...
  12. Agriland RSS

    Farmgate prices mostly matching increased costs – Ulster Bank

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland This week’s Balmoral Show has seen a wide range of updates provided regarding the current state of agriculture in Northern Ireland, including an update from Ulster Bank. Significantly, the AgriSearch / Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) forage survey has...
  13. Agriland RSS

    DAERA officials no-show at UFU fodder meeting

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) policy manager, James McCluggage, has criticised Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) officials for their no-show at his organisation’s Balmoral Show fodder update meeting this week. He spoke at...
  14. M-J-G

    Red Clover

    Who's growing it, and what are the up/down sides. I'm wondering about feeding it to young stock and restricted to sucklers along with straw. TIA
  15. J

    Cheap 1 year legume

    So I've got 50 acres of silage ground that I'm hoping to put into gs4 herbal ley autumn of 2023. However, I'm looking to plough and reseed it this autumn in 1 year ley, as this will give me the opportunity to level it out this year, spray it next autumn and direct drill the gs4 into what then...
  16. Hereford21

    Is it worth fattening store lambs on forage rape?

    Last year we harvested spring barley in a 20 acre field then moved straight to winter barley in the same field. After the winter barley harvest this year we want to rotate the barley to a different silage field and grow grass on it again, but my dad mentioned growing forage rape on this field...
  17. Headless chicken

    What to feed heifer calves this autumn?

    Historically we’ve always fed cake and straw and they’ve done very well and it suits our system as we’ve not got any fixed facilities for them so we can just use tubs and a ring feeder. with cake price climbing higher we need to consider the alternatives as see how others are doing it. We fed...
  18. jed

    Sucklers anyone miss them ?

    I’ve had a mare of a calving time this year from abortion to cryp calves that won’t suck and really have had enough of the f…ing things pretty well convinced myself that they’ve got to go . I love to look at a field of great looking cows and calves but I’m not getting any younger kids are not...
  19. AHDB Podcast RSS

    338: AHDB Beef & Lamb: Reducing inputs and understanding soil tests pt1

    338: AHDB Beef & Lamb: Reducing inputs and understanding soil tests pt1 Written by Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board This Food & Farming podcast episode is part one of two episodes which follows the journey of Beef & Lamb Strategic Farmer Chris Elkington and independent consultant...
  20. G

    White-tailed eagle killed in West Sussex with dangerous banned pesticide