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Good harvest yields reported for maize
Early indications suggest a bumper harvest for maize production this year with high yields of good quality material that should clamp and feed well. Fears that the relatively cold, wet spring and challenging drilling conditions could result in later maturing crops for many growers have been largely abated, says... Read more
Building blocks for a new countryside
Farmers and landowners are often concerned about the prospect of tax changes if a Labour government comes to power. A perennial fear is a hike in capital gains tax – or even the introduction of a yet more punitive ‘development tax’. With Keir Starmer’s party tipped to win the... Read more
Get the most out of multi-species leys
With the Sustainable Farming Incentive paying £382/ha for planting multi-species leys (MSLs), interest in them is growing rapidly but livestock producers should carefully consider how they fit into forage systems. While there are many benefits, including increased biodiversity and better soil health,  MSLs require a different management regime than... Read more
Latest clamp technology boosts cost efficiency
Modern silage films are making the ensiling process quicker and more reliable – and delivering a significant return on investment. “True oxygen barrier films can help reduce wastage and ensure more of the forage energy clamped is available for milk or livestock production,” says Jim Juby of Horizon Seeds.... Read more
Prepare now for first cut silage success
Dairy farmers are being urged to prepare well ahead of the silage season so they are ready to cut at the first good weather opportunity. Last year, many farmers did not end up taking first cuts until June. Often this was because they weren’t in a position to move... Read more
Hybrid rye brings benefits to pig and poultry rations
Helps to reduce carbon footprint Hybrid rye is increasingly being seen as bringing significant benefits to pig and poultry rations as well as having major agronomic benefits for growers with its low nitrogen requirement and tolerance to increasingly frequent drought conditions. The earlier advantages seen when rye is fed... Read more
Key appointment for expanded poultry team
Lallemand Animal Nutrition has expanded its monogastric team by appointing a new poultry sales manager with a wealth of industry experience. Antonia Chittock brings more than 13 years of poultry expertise to the team – having started her career at AB Agri as a feed sales trainee and progressing... Read more
Free test helps tackle cause of post-weaning diarrhoea
Pig producers are being encouraged to reach out to their vets to perform free diagnostics if they are concerned about post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD). Elanco is funding veterinary testing for the F4 and F18 strains of E.coli – both of which are a common causes of PWD and have shown to be present on... Read more
‘Farms of the future’ set to reach net zero
Pig project set to reduce emissions A Nottinghamshire pig producer has joined a pioneering programme that will see retailer M&S work with farmers to decarbonise its meat supply chain and reach net zero by 2040. Wold Farm, which supplies M&S pork through Cranswick, is one of seven farming enterprises... Read more
Flagship industry event opens door to success
Innovation and collaboration will be the focus of this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair – helping producers secure a low carbon future. New technologies and advice on disease management and alternative proteins will also be among the topics at the two-day event, which takes place on 15-16 May... Read more
Grants on offer for animal health and welfare equipment
Livestock producers have one month left to apply for equipment grants to improve animal health and welfare on their farms. The expanded Farming Equipment and Technology Fund grant scheme offers funding towards a broad range of commonly used pieces of equipment and technology. The Animal Health & Welfare section... Read more