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CFE Bird Events - Thursday, January 12, 2017

CFE will be running a series of events across the country in early 2017 providing advice and guidance on managing the farm for birds. 

The events will look at CFE Voluntary Measures that support farmland birds, and look at the importance of retaining relevant agri-environment options wherever possible, particularly field margins. These can help birds with the ‘hungry gap’ when food sources are low.  Good hedgerow management can also be important for supporting farmland birds.

Aerobic spoilage in maize and wholecrop silage - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aerobic spoilage, caused by yeasts and moulds, is a major problem affecting higher dry matter silages, such as maize and if not prevented, it causes silage to heat up, and results in losses in dry matter and feed quality, and increased risk of mycotoxins.

Agri-Tech Innovation Showcase at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The provision of sufficient, nutritious food for the increasing world population, combined with efficient

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  

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. 

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.

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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