Rotational Resilience – A conventional approach


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With conventional barley breeding techniques showing huge improvements, new types coming through look to be snapping at the heels of their hybrid counterparts. CPM looks into the most recent developments from the Elsoms Ackermann breeding programme. Breeders now have a much better knowledge of what to cross and what should come back as a result. By Charlotte Cunningham Back in June 2017, CPM reported the news that Elsoms Seeds had joined forces with German barley breeder, Ackermann, to form Elsoms Ackermann Barley (EAB). The new venture was set to focus on breeding varieties specifically for the UK market, aiming to combine strong disease resistance and yield characteristics with quality malting and feed barley varieties. “There are three key strands to the breeding strategy – hybrid, conventional winter and spring barley, says George Goodwin. Ackermann was bringing to the party a breeding programme that at the time already produced two-row, six-row, spring, winter, feed, distilling and brewing barleys, as well as being part of Saaten Union’s hybrid barley programme. Looking back on that very article, the new EAB brand expressed that it expected products of this collaboration to follow Ackermann’s own varieties onto the AHDB Recommended List by 2020. And…
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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...