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NVZ Action Programme changes - Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mandatory changes to the NVZ Action Programme came into force on the 1st January 2012 regarding the Nmax limit for grassland and the livestock manure nitrogen efficiency values, which must be used when assessing compliance with the Nmax limits.

Order soil and manure analysis online - Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Busy farmers can now get their soil, manure and forage samples registered, paid for and off to the lab at any time of the day or night, without having to pick up the phone or set up an account.

The new online service from Eurofins aims to make it easier to order and pay for its agricultural testing services online. The range of tests available includes soils, organic materials such as livestock manures, silages and feedstuffs.

New R&D website launched - Friday, January 27, 2012

AgriSearch, the Northern Ireland Research and Development Council, has recently updated its website, making research results of practical value available to farmers 24/7.

The AgriSearch team will be using the site to report R & D projects, both on-going and completed research, as well as keeping dairy, sheep and beef farmers abreast of the latest news and up-coming events. The website is designed to be easy to use so finding an item of interest to an individual user is straightforward and there is a facility to download details of each project.

Grass seed selections favour quality - Thursday, January 12, 2012

When dairy farmers are selecting grass varieties for reseeding they now rank D-value and persistence higher than dry matter, according to a British Seed Houses farmer survey. 

This finding reflects changes in priorities over the last 10 years as the merits of producing more milk from grass have become better understood and the choice of higher quality ryegrass varieties has increased, says the company’s agricultural director Paul Billings.

Woodchip pads latest advice - Friday, January 6, 2012

Following on from a Defra LINK Sustainable Livestock Project into woodchip pads, with project partners including BGS, a new booklet has been produced by Eblex called 'Improved design and management of woodchip pads for sustainable out-wintering of livestock'. 

The contents covers everything from size of chips to example costs and tips for managing pads for optimum animal welfare and environmental protection.

HCC plans to make a Welsh language version available shortly.

Pasture-based farmer's initiative wants to hear about your practices - Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Somerset dairy farmer Neil Darwent has established a new farmer-led initiative to reclaim the value of milk for UK dairy farmers. Through 'Free Range Dairy', he is seeking to unite thousands of milk producers who still operate a pasture-based system and engage directly with consumers and politicians, begining with a survey of their farming practices.  

Pasture to Profit - proceedings - Thursday, December 8, 2011

A report from the recent Pasture to Profit conference, published in BGS's Grass and Forage Farmer magazine, highlights how growing more grass and making a successful business of using it is improving farm profits and allowing young people to get on in the industry.

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Improving clamp compaction with new kit - Friday, December 2, 2011

Farmers in the UK are currently achieving typical silage densities of 180 - 220kg of dry matter/cu metre, whereas their counterparts in some European countries are achieving densities of up to 320kg of dry matter/cu metre by using new compaction equipment, according to silage experts Kelvin Cave .

“These compaction improvements, which result in higher nutrient retention, better fermentation and utilisation of clamp space and lower fuel consumption, can produce a considerable saving in overall feed costs,” says Kelvin Cave Ltd.

Methane reduction potential highlighted - Monday, November 21, 2011

The potential for reducing methane emissions from livestock is a significant new inclusion in an updated version of British Seed Houses' technical guide on Aber® High Sugar Grasses.

The booklet highlights on-going research at IBERS Aberystwyth University including work on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Much of the current research is part of the Defra-sponsored Sustainable Livestock Production (SLP) LINK programme.

New varieties listed - Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The new BarForage catalogue features two new grass varieties and a red clover that have come onto the 2011/12 SAC Recommended Lists.

These - intermediate tetraploid varieties, Seagoe and Braid result from the Barenbrug and AFBI joint breeding programme.

Seagoe boasts top yields for both cutting and grazing, says Barenbrug. "Its grazing yield is the best available on the SAC list and it has an exceptionally long growing season, being one of the top varieties for spring and autumn growth.


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