Did Seed dressings kill slug eating Beetles?

I am old enough to remember 15 years of farming before OSR, didnt need slug pellets then... if there were such things?
was that before the power Harrow
when we tyned rolled and disced we did not use slug pellets wheat rape barley rotation
once we got a power Harrow had todo a lot more rolling and pressing to ensure establishment

September drilling much less slug issue than mid October

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Fen Edge
I posted this elsewhere but some land I took on, basically farmed continuous organic spring barley before I had it. Farmed for 5 years by myself and had 1 insecticide in that time. This year mid October drilled WB following fallow sprayed off in June and then ploughed in Sep is being hammered by slugs. I was late identifying problem and since then been impossible to get near the field. No osr either.

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...