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New for 2013 A fresh look at feeding The information provided within this publication will allow ruminant livestock farmers and their advisers to take a fresh look at feed planning, to see how it might be improved. This guide, along read more..
An innovative new Tried & Tested guide and tool, “Feed Planning for Cattle and Sheep”, is set to be launched at Beef Expo following farmer testing. Its aim is to boost farm profitability, reduce nutrient waste and environmental impact. read more..
Natural England is reminding farmers of grants being available for up to £10,000, through the Catchment Sensitive Farming capital grant scheme. The deadline for returning applications is Tuesday 30th April 2013. The grants are awarded to land managers to enable read more..
A new guidance document from WRAP on the benefits of digestate use in agricutlre is available to download. read more..
Eligible farmers can ask for permission to apply more manure onto their grassland during 2013. read more..
New calculator to help solve nutrient deficiency in British soils. read more..
An update on progress of the WRAP and Defra funded project looking at compost and digestate use in agriculture is now available to view. This update focuses questions frequently asked by farmers. read more..
NFU Cymru welcome decision by Welsh Government. read more..
How government plans to allow slurry spreading outside of the normal closed period in NVZs could be a huge help. read more..
There are some significant changes coming into force regarding the NVZ Action Programme • Defra intends to change the rule for calculating Nmax so that it includes all organic manures not just livestock manures. For compost, sewage sludge etc, farmers read more..
Farmers are being urged to pH test as heavy down pours may have washed lime out of soils. Eatra care should be taken if sowing OSR as this crop is particularly sensitive to low pH. Find out more at Farmers read more..
Notices informing owners and occupiers of land that will be in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) from next year were issued on 28 August 2012. The revised designations cover about 59% of England, compared to 69% at the same stage in the last read more..
Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) offers free training and advice to farmers in priority cathments. This includes free workshops and often free soil or manure sampling. Find out more about CSF here. read more..
A new report has been published examining farmers’ behaviour and attitudes regarding the key themes of SWARM (soil, nutrient use, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water). The other aims of the project are to To understand how and where farmers source the knowledge read more..
Farmers Weekly speak to grower Andrew Randall about his decision to adopt zero tillage in Berkshire. Pitfalls in the early stages can be easily outweighed by the long term gains of a sustainable cropping system. Find out more about Mr read more..
A free soil testing scheme is being offered across North Wales by Environment Agency Wales. The scheme tests soil pH and soil nutrient status so that lim and fertiliser applications can be better targetting reducing farmers’ costs as well as read more..
The RPA has provided information on findings from 2012 cross compliance inspections to date. NVZs (SMR 4) Some 34% of farmers inspected so far in NVZ areas were found to have poor or no NVZ records in place. This could read more..
Closed periods for NVZs start today 1st August 2012. From today you must not spread organic manures with high readily available nitrogen (e.g. slurry and poultry manure) on sandy or shallow soils in grassland systems. For arable fields, you must read more..
New regulations mean that the ash product from incineration of poultry litter can be used as a P&K fertiliser without waste permits or exemptions. The Environment Agency (EA) has published a new Quality Protocol (QP) with defines the point at which read more..
The SAC are running a trail at the their Dumfries dairy unit to establish if relying totally on home grown forage is the answer to profitable milk production in a world with increased pressure for land. The study comparies two read more..
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