Q&A recap from YEN awards event - worms


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Q: What is the quickest way to increase your worms numbers, especially the deep burrowing ones?

A: Minimum or no till has been proven to favour development of Lumbricus terrestris earthworms whose burrows generally extend from the soil surface to the deepest root (1 to 2 m depth). Additionally, deep rooting crops will aid earthworm burrows due to the production of soil pores and also increasing organic matter deeper in the soil profile. Suggested crops include ryegrass, oats and clover.

What are your observations on worms? Any information that others could benefit from?

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Shepherds urged to feed more good quality colostrum

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Written by John Swire

Shepherds are being urged to feed newborn surplus lambs more good quality colostrum during the crucial first 24 hours of life because up to 80% of UK sheep producers may not be feeding enough.

According to results from the annual Volac Lamlac surplus lamb rearing intentions survey, carried out at the end of 2019, only 20% of shepherds plan to feed the industry recommended...