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Health and safety and on-farm efficiency at the forefront of June Demonstration Farm events

Health and safety and on-farm efficiency at the forefront of June Demonstration Farm events

22/05/15
Farming Connect are hosting a series of demonstration farm events throughout June. The events will kick off with on-farm health and safety, which will be held at Gop Farm, Trelawnyd on June 3.
 
Nematodirus warnings – 2015

Nematodirus warnings - 2015

22/05/15
Welsh sheep farmers are urged to check warnings on the SCOPS website this spring to help them avoid losses due to Nematodirus, since lambs grazing pasture that carried lambs last year are at risk.
 
Demonstration Farm Focus: Table-top strawberries at Aberbran

Demonstration Farm Focus: Table-top strawberries at Aberbran

22/05/15
‘Pick Your Own’ strawberries have been grown at Farming Connect demonstration farm Aberbran Fawr near Brecon for over 18 years but repeated production in the same location had built up levels of redcore and other debilitating soil borne diseases.
 
Women in Agriculture Forums... inspiring, motivating and empowering

Women in Agriculture Forums... inspiring, motivating and empowering

22/05/15
A reminder that Farming Connect will deliver two Women in Agriculture events next month.
 
Run your farm business more efficiently – develop your computing skills!

Run your farm business more efficiently – develop your computing skills!

22/05/15
A Welsh livestock farmer says he is running his business more efficiently since attending a fully funded Farming Connect computer skills workshop.
 
Slurry and silage store designs – getting it right

Slurry and silage store designs – getting it right

22/05/15
Many farms are having to construct new or improve existing slurry or /silage stores to meet the needs of modern farming.
 
News in brief

News in brief

22/05/15
Additional Business Planning workshops and Succession Planning clinics at locations throughout Wales.
 
How can YOU benefit from Plantain?

How can YOU benefit from Plantain?

20/05/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a farm walk at Newton Farm, Scethrog, Brecon, LD3 7YG on the 28th May 2015, between 2-4pm to discuss the benefits of growing plantain.
 
Does shearing lambs make a difference to growth rate?

Does shearing lambs make a difference to growth rate?

19/05/15
A project carried out on two of the Farming Connect demonstration farms have shown no improvement in growth rate following the shearing of lambs post-weaning.
 
Reducing losses when silage making

Reducing losses when silage making

19/05/15
Silage is estimated to cost on average £30/tonne of FM or £100/tonne of DM to make.  However the real cost to consider is how much it costs for every tonne that is fed.
 
Be vigilant and don’t overlook lungworm this grazing season

Be vigilant and don’t overlook lungworm this grazing season

19/05/15
Farmers are being warned to always consider lungworm as a possible  cause of respiratory disease in cattle at grass.
 
Milking goats – key to success

Milking goats – key to success

19/05/15
A Welsh goat farmer is targeting a 25% increase in milk yields by identifying top performers in his 750-goat herd.
 
Poultry diversification for egg-xtra income

Poultry diversification for eggs-tra income

15/05/15
Poultry discussions attracted a keen audience at a recent Farming Connect Knowledge transfer meeting held in Brecon.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund Event: Relating trace elements to flockperformance at Pen-y-Fron, Gwytherin, Nr Llanrwst, LL22 8US. Date:20/05/15, 2pm-4pm.

Farmer Innovation Fund Event: Relating trace elements to flock performance at Pen-y-Fron, Gwytherin, Nr Llanrwst, LL22 8US. Date: 20/05/15, 2pm-4pm.

15/05/15
As a part of a series of events, Farming Connect are hosting an on-farm event with ADAS sheep specialist Kate Phillips, to discuss and disseminate the Trace Element group project, which was run as one of the chosen Farmer Innovation Fund projects.
 
Visit Farming Connect at the Spring Festival 2015 - special support for pig farmers

Improving on-farm efficiency is key at May Demonstration Farm events

13/05/15
Throughout May, Farming Connect are hosting a series of Demonstration Farm events across Wales. The events will offer farmers the opportunity to gain valuable information on how to improve on-farm efficiency as well as general farm business management.
 
Visit Farming Connect at the Spring Festival 2015 - special support for pig farmers

Visit Farming Connect at the Spring Festival 2015 - special support for pig farmers

13/05/15
Menter a Busnes is encouraging all farmers visiting this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) Spring Festival at Llanelwedd on May 16 & 17 to make sure they include a visit to Farming Connect.
 
Insect predators to control pests

Insect predators to control pests

11/05/15
Welsh soft fruit and ornamental flower growers are drafting in insect predators to control pests the natural way.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund: Genetically improving the Beulah breed

Farmer Innovation Fund: Genetically improving the Beulah breed

05/05/15
Farming Connect is hosting an event at IBERS, Plas Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, SY23 3EB, on May 13 between 2pm and 4pm.
 
Diary Marker

Diary Marker

05/05/15
Farming Connect are hosting a series of Farm Walk events across the country with a diverse range of specialist speakers.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund: Grasping good grassland management and precision farming

Farmer Innovation Fund: Grasping good grassland management and precision farming

28/04/15
Farming Connect is hosting an on-farm event with grassland and soil specialist Chris Duller at Horsemansgreen Farm, Horsemansgreen, Nr. Whitchurch, SY13 3EA, on May 6 between, 2pm and 4pm.
 
Grow your own protein crops – lupins

Grow your own protein crops – lupins

27/04/15
Farming Connect collaborate with IBERS to provide practical information to farmers on how to improve profitability and enhance traceability by growing more crops for their livestock.
 
Integrated pest management for fruit and ornamental growers

Integrated pest management for fruit and ornamental growers

23/04/15
Farming Connect are hosting a horticulture event with Chris Creed, ADAS on Thursday 30th of April, 2015 from 1.30pm until 4.30pm at Springfields Fresh Produce, Manorbier, Tenby, Pembrokeshire. SA70-7SL.
 
Planning for Silage: Getting it right

Planning for Silage: Getting it right

21/04/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a series of silage planning events alongside Dr Dave Davies, Silage Solutions.
 
Layer and broiler poultry units – could they fit in with your business?

Layer and broiler poultry units – could they fit in with your business?

15/04/15
Farming Connect are hosting a poultry farm event with the support of ADAS poultry consultant, Jason Gittins at Brecon Rugby Club on April 30.
 
Silage and slurry store designs: get it right

Silage and slurry store designs: get it right

08/04/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a silage and slurry storage event along with Keith Owen, Senior buildings and environment consultant for ADAS and Philip Morgan, senior environment office for Natural Resources Wales.
 
Farming Connect IT clinics for farmers

Farming Connect IT clinics for farmers

02/04/15
One-to-one support for eligible farmers will help cut down the paperwork and save resources.
 
Pig Health Clinic with British Pig Association Veterinary Consultant, Bob Stevenson

Pig health clinic with British Pig Association veterinary consultant, Bob Stevenson

23/03/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a pig health clinic with the renowned vet Bob Stevenson.
 
Farming Connect Soils Workshop

Farming Connect training on DIY business plans for farmers

20/03/15
Farming Connect has arranged a series of ‘DIY Business Planning’ workshops over the coming months.
 
Farming Connect spring programme

Farming Connect spring programme

19/03/15
The Farming Connect knowledge transfer programme and network of demonstration farms has a busy programme planned for the coming months and will continue to disseminate knowledge transfer messages resulting from projects and trials at open days, sector-specific events and other communication channel ...
 
Succession planning safeguards family farm

Succession planning safeguards family farm

19/03/15
Livestock producer Clive Johnson and his family farm a 250 acre beef and sheep holding at Tonteg near Pontypridd.
 
Optimising lamb finishing through supplementation

Optimising lamb finishing through supplementation

19/03/15
Trace element deficiencies can significantly reduce animal performance. Deficiencies vary greatly across Wales. Supplementing trace elements can be costly or cause disease and deficiencies should therefore be confirmed through testing before supplements are given.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund projects

Farmer Innovation Fund projects

19/03/15
Early last year, a number of small groups of like-minded farmers from across Wales were selected to take part in the first Farming Connect Farmer Innovation Fund project, a knowledge transfer project developed by Menter a Busnes on behalf of Farming Connect.
 
News in brief

News in brief

19/03/15
Any outstanding Farming Connect claims for subsidised services applications approved since 1 October 2013 need to be submitted to Welsh Government by 31 March 2015.
 
Demonstration Farm Focus: Bull beef finishing at Cwmwhitton

Demonstration Farm Focus: Bull beef finishing at Cwmwhitton

19/03/15
At Farming Connect demonstration farm Cwmwhitton, near Knighton, Colin Pugh and his son Gareth were keen to evaluate the performance of their bull beef fed on two different rations.
 
Review of Agri-Learning: Recommendations accepted

Review of Agri-Learning: Recommendations accepted

19/03/15
During her recent visit to the first Farming Connect Agri-Academy Alumni conference, held in Aberystwyth, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans announced that she has accepted the recommendations contained in Professor Wynne Jones’s Review of Agri- Learning in Wales.
 
Maintaining health and productivity in poultry flocks

Maintaining health and productivity in poultry flocks

18/03/15
For poultry and other livestock farmers, the threat of disease is never far away.
 
Energy cost savings on farm

Energy cost savings on farm

18/03/15
Reducing energy costs for agriculture can be done in three ways:
 
Dung beetles at Great House

Dung beetles at Great House

17/03/15
Significant time and effort is put into making the most of nutrients contained in stored manure and slurry.
 
Know your flock

Know your flock

03/03/15
Whilst the business of farming isn’t necessarily comparable with many other trades there is one overarching business principle that agriculture can adhere to and that is to ‘understand your performance’ according to Independent Consultant Dr Catherine Nakielny.
 
Hendre Nantcyll: Improvement in flock performance

Hendre Nantcyll: Improvement in flock performance

27/02/15
Disappointing scanning results in 2014 prompted Gwynedd sheep farmer Arwyn Williams to redouble his efforts for the following year – and his work is starting to show results.
 
Beef effieciency at Frowen

Beef efficiency at Frowen

19/02/15
Calf weaning weight at 200 days should be 50% of dam live weight if the efficiency of Welsh suckler herds is to be maximised.
 
EID helping to improve Blaencwmpridd profitability

EID helping to improve Blaencwmpridd profitability

19/02/15
Electronic identification is helping a Welsh suckler beef farm improve profitability by flagging up cattle whose growth rates have stalled.
 
Reviewing your farm buildings and infrastructure

Reviewing your farm buildings and infrastructure

16/02/15
Farming Connect are offering farmers two types of fully funded two hour clinics with specialists on either farm buildings or farm infrastructure.
 
Making better use of your farm nutrients

Making better use of your farm nutrients

16/02/15
Farming Connect are running a series of slurry and farm yard manure (FYM) workshops across Wales this spring, offering participating farmers £50 to sample their slurry or FYM.
 
Farming Connect dry cow management clinics

Farming Connect dry cow management clinics

09/02/15
Farming Connect are offering farmers up to two hours of on-farm support and advice from leading dairy consultants on dry cow management.
 
Farming Connect Post Mortem Clinics

Farming Connect post mortem clinics

09/02/15
Farming Connect are offering farmers post mortem analysis to identify the cause for losses at lambing.
 
Colostrum for calves

Colostrum for calves

03/02/15
A calf is born with little immunity and relies on the transfer of antibodies from colostrum into its blood stream to maintain health in the first weeks of life. This ability declines rapidly six hours after birth.
 
Farming Connect Soils Workshop

Farming Connect Soils Workshop

02/02/15
Farmers who regularly analyse their soils are able to make informed decisions on fertiliser applications which can help save costs and potentially grow more grass.
 
Stamping out lameness at Abbey

Stamping out lameness at Abbey

02/02/15
Abbey Farm, a Farming Connect demonstration farm near Llangollen, consists of 1,600 ewes including Welsh mountain, Lleyn and Mule ewes.
 
Plantain for lamb finishing

Plantain for lamb finishing

02/02/15
The Usk Valley Finishers Group was awarded funding through the Farming Connect Farmer Innovation Fund to trial the performance of a plantain and clover mix against other traditional lamb finishing crops grown in Wales.