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NSA Ram longevity focus groups - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is running a ram survey and facilitating 10 focus groups around the country, they need 10 participants for each group.

The project is investigating the flock life of breeding males and the reasons for deaths and culling in the UK. With the help of funding from the Animal Welfare Foundation, and after concerns from NSA members about the short life of commercial rams, NSA is urging as many farmers as possible to participate in this new study to find out what is going on.

Winter Meeting - Booking Now Open - Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Closing the Circle – integrating trace element supply in soils, plants and animals


February 28 to March 1, 2017 

Abbey Hotel, Malvern, Worcestershire  

Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme - Monday, December 5, 2016

The Farming Ammonia Reduction Grant Scheme opened on 1 December 2016. Beef and/or dairy farmers can apply for grants for slurry store covers to help reduce ammonia emissions and protect stores from rainwater. Applicants will receive a free one-to-one on-farm advice visit to help them find the best ammonia reduction measures for their businesses and should submit their applications by 31 January 2017.

EU funding measures to support farmers - Monday, December 5, 2016

As a response to ongoing market difficulties, The European Commission has presented a new package of measures to support farmers, particularly in the dairy market. An ‘exceptional adjustment scheme’ is one such measure, and the UK has been allocated €30m for economic sustainability, market stabilisation and improvement of longer-term structural problems.

Compost and digestate quality – what’s your experience? - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A cross-industry working group is seeking feedback from users and advisers on product quality of compost and digestate products.

RABDF new Managing Director - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

RABDF has appointed Matt Knight as managing director with responsibility for commercial operations. Tim Brigstocke continues as the Association’s policy director. Matt joined RABDF three years ago as event director to manage the Association’s portfolio of farming events to which Saltex, the UK’s national event for grounds care, amenities and estates management, was introduced last year. 

Pasture Fed Livestock Association seeks chief executive - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association promotes the raising of ruminant livestock exclusively on grazed and conserved pasture and forage. It is a membership organisation of farmers and butchers, working together to build the market for certified Pasture for Life beef, lamb and milk and is recruiting a chief executive, initially part-time, to build on its solid achievements and take the Pasture for Life certification mark to scale.

Weather cutbacks with good silage - Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Dairy farmers should start planning next year’s silage production now if serious about producing more milk from forage and relying less on bought-in feeds, some of which could be affected by Brexit, a silage expert is urging.

According to Ecosyl product manager, Derek Nelson, while there are certainly reports of good grass silage this season, in other cases silage isn’t feeding as well as expected and energy and protein levels appear to be down. Conversely, where quality is there, quantity may not be, he adds.

AHDB Dairy grants offered to attend accredited events - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

AHDB Dairy is offering a number of grants towards attending a selection of Dairy Pro-accredited conferences over the next few months. The orginal news item can be found at stating that the grants are "aimed at encouraging the profitable growth and development of dairy farming in Great Britain". 

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Innovation and Technology Fellowships Deadline Approaching - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

There’s only a couple of weeks left to get your applications in for the first tranche of Stapledon Innovation and Technology Fellowships. The deadline for the awards, worth up to £3,000 for travel and study related to identifying and developing innovative practices within the grass and forage sector, is 30 November 2016.


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