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Securing straw supplies this year and next

Given the generally lower grass and silage yields this year livestock producers are looking to fill the gap and whole-crop cereals and straw are a key alternative. Arable farmers are...

Soils, drainage & grassland, Shetland – Event summary

Grass has a key role in sustaining ruminant livestock production The day consisted of a mix of outdoor practical sessions, indoor presentations and discussions aiming to help farmers understand how...

Seamus Donnelly discussing soil compaction remediation equipment

Campbeltown Soil & Nutrient Network: 1st meeting – Event summary

The first meeting of the new Campbeltown Soil & Nutrient Network group was held at Dunadd Farm on a sunny 12th July.  The event was kindly hosted by Roy Foster...

Prolonged dry spell – what can be done?

We’ve had calls from across the country for what can be done in the face of the continued dry weather.  We asked a few experts for their advice: David Lawson,...

Adviser spotlight: Ian Cairns – carbon audits

Name and profession: Ian Cairns, Professional Farm Adviser  Specialism: Carbon audits Ian Cairns, is a qualified farm adviser, with over 20 years’ experience in professional consultancy. He works with farmers...

Daye Tucker: Case study of one-to-one specialist advice

Support provided by the Farm Advisory Service: subsidised funding to commission a specialist advice report on biodiversity and conservation  After support from FAS to produce an Integrated Land Management Plan...

Warm Weather Leads To Spike In Aphid And Midge Numbers

The warm spell of weather has led to aphids flying into cereal crops and numbers are starting to build up on leaves and ears. Look for aphids on the leaves of winter and spring cereals on warm sunny days but stick to thresholds for treatment.

Cereal Trials Open Evening, East Lothian – Post-event summary

The East Lothian Cereal Trials Open Evening was held in glorious sunshine recently at Cauldshiel.  The theme of the event this year was on making the most of home markets...

Women in agriculture: Lanarkshire – Post-event summary

Key Points: EID recording of sheep can be used to improve business efficiency and inform management decisions. Ensure all sections (continuous, identification and replacement records) of your holding register are...

Women in agriculture: Inverness – Post-event summary

The sun shone on the second Inverness group meeting, held at Kinnahaird, Contin; the farm of Amy Grant which is run in partnership with her mum, Dorothy.   Poppy Frater led...