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Thrill of The Hill – Spawning Success

30 June 2022


Thrill of the Hill is back! Season 3 #2 – Spawning Success. In this episode we hear from Ayrshire River Trust’s Stuart Brabbs and Struan Candlish about the quality of…

A photograph of Thomas Neely who works for Entrust Environmental, a company producing anaerobic digestate.

Video: Making the most of digestate applications

14 January 2022


    Thomas Neely from Entrust Environmental explains how farmers can benefit from applying digestate as an organic manure. With rising prices for artificial fertilisers many farmers are looking for…

Looking upwards from ground level, this photo is of a self propelled sprayer with the boom open and ready to work on a grassland field.

Making pesticide use more sustainable: Sprayer maintenance

11 December 2021


    Ben Bryant, Precision Farming Manager, Chafer Machinery Ltd, goes through a crop sprayer from top to bottom, identifying the key areas for operators to monitor as well as…

A New Holland tractor with a pesticide sprayer attached, treating a crop of cabbages with chemicals.

Pesticide Information Note: How to conduct a LERAP

Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides (LERAP) allow sprayer operators to reduce the buffer zones shown on some product labels. Reading the label is key as no reduction will be…

Seven black and white dairy bred cattle grazing in a grassland field surrounded by a thick hedge that is laden with hawthorn flowers.

Webinar: Are you milking your environment?

    Future payments to dairy farmers may alter with more emphasis on the environment and biodiversity. The BRIDE – Biodiversity Regeneration in a Dairying Environment – project in Ireland…

Farm Management Handbook 2021/22

The 42nd edition of the Farm Management Handbook is an essential tool for any progressive farm business, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information for farmers, crofters, rural professionals,…

A freshwater pearl mussel nestled within some gravel in a riverbed.

The Surprising Life of Freshwater Pearl Mussels

1 October 2021


In this podcast Janette Sutherland chats to Mary McAndrew who is a project officer with the Pearl Mussel Project in Ireland. Ireland and Scotland have rivers in their High Nature…

A self propelled crop sprayer treating drills of potatoes, driving away from the viewer.

Pesticides – Sprayer filling and washing areas (podcast)

The focus of this episode is pesticide filling and handling areas – the pollution risks, the legislation, design considerations and the safe disposal of pesticide solutions. Agricultural Consultant George Chalmers…

A yellow self propelled pesticide sprayer in action over a field of broad leaved crop.

Pesticide Information Note: Buffer Zones

When applying pesticides, Buffer Zones have been used for a number of years to help protect water environments. Their use also helps producers avoid penalties from breaching cross compliance rules…

A Blackfaced sheep standing in an area of upland that is thick with bracken.

Emergency Authorisation Approval to use Asulam for Bracken Control in 2021

Following the ending of the approval to use Asulam for bracken control on 31 December 2012, temporary annual arrangements have been put in place to allow the use of Asulam to continue in 2021.

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