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Red Meat Outlook with Farming Connect and Meat Promotion Wales

Red Meat Outlook with Farming Connect and Meat Promotion Wales

27/07/15
Farming Connect, in conjunction with Meat Promotion Wales, will be hosting a range of meetings throughout August which will offer farmers the opportunity of discussing current beef and lamb markets.
 
Farming Connect – new delivery model will provide enhanced, fully integrated support service for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales

Farming Connect - new delivery model will provide enhanced, fully integrated support service for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales

22/07/15
Menter a Busnes, one of Wales’ leading independent economic development companies, has been awarded a new framework to deliver an integrated programme of knowledge transfer and innovation support for agriculture and forestry businesses in Wales.
 
Efficiency and profitability key themes for Farming Connect at the Royal Welsh Show

Efficiency and profitability key themes for Farming Connect at the Royal Welsh Show

15/07/15
Farming Connect staff look forward to seeing you in the Lantra building (Avenue K) at this year's Royal Welsh Show (July 20-23).
 
Demo Farm Focus: Hafod y Maidd

Demo Farm Focus: Hafod y Maidd

15/07/15
A livestock farmer says lessons learned from a series of projects carried out at his Farming Connect Demonstration Farm are helping to inform decisions that will make his business more efficient and profitable.
 
Women in agriculture . . . inspired, motivated and empowered

Women in agriculture . . . inspired, motivated and empowered

15/07/15
“The day passed all my expectations and I came away feeling extremely motivated,” was the view of farmer Polly Davies from the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the fifty delegates who attended Farming Connect’s Women in Agriculture forum held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne la ...
 
Agrisgôp . . . changing mindsets

Agrisgôp . . . changing mindsets

15/07/15
Members of Farming Connect Agrisgôp groups from across Wales were congratulated on their achievements by Deputy Minister for Farming and Food Rebecca Evans, when she recently attended a celebratory event held at the Royal Welsh Showground.
 
Agrisgôp Case Study - renewable energy

Agrisgôp Case Study - renewable energy

15/07/15
“During the current Agrisgôp programme, renewable energy generation has been an extremely popular topic for discussion, research and development within many Agrisgôp groups.
 
Agrisgôp Case Study - Boosting Pembrokeshire’s rural economy

Agrisgôp Case Study - Boosting Pembrokeshire’s rural economy

15/07/15
Three new or expanded retail businesses including a butcher’s shop and deli expansion in Fishguard and a café and shop in Mathry have been developed in Pembrokeshire as a result of entrepreneurial drive and Agrisgôp assistance, creating six new jobs with more expected.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund 2014/5 - Sharing knowledge transfer outcomes

Farmer Innovation Fund 2014/5 - Sharing knowledge transfer outcomes

15/07/15
A series of events have been held throughout Wales in recent months in order to share the results and findings of the Farming Connect Farmer Innovation Fund projects, which came to a close in April 2015.
 
News in brief

News in brief

15/07/15
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20–23.
 
Welsh farming women are being urged to become the architects of change

Welsh farming women are being urged to become the architects of change

29/06/15
A conference in north Wales brought together 100 women who play leading roles in farming businesses and the wider rural economy.
 
Have you developed an innovative agri-product or service which will benefit our industry?

Have you developed an innovative agri-product? This year’s Tomorrow Today exhibition at the Royal Welsh Show is the perfect place to showcase smart solutions for a smart industry!

29/06/15
The search continues to find the ‘best of the best’ exhibitors to showcase their products or services in this year’s Tomorrow, Today exhibition which will be held in the Green Pavilion at next month’s Royal Welsh Show. The deadline for applications is now 1st July 2015.
 
Deputy Minister highlights the role of women in agriculture

Deputy Minister highlights the role of women in agriculture

25/06/15
“An excellent event which passed all expectations,” was the general consensus from more than fifty women who attended Farming Connect’s recent Women in Agriculture forum, held at the iconic National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne last week. 
 
Royal Welsh Show

Royal Welsh Show

25/06/15
Visit Farming Connect in the Lantra Building at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, which will take place at the Royal Welsh Showground from July 20 -23.
 
Turning pasture to profit

Project Update Day at Gelli Aur

17/06/15
Farming Connect will be hosting a project update day at Gelli Aur College Farm, Llandeilo, SA32 8NJ on the 23rd June at 10:30am.
 
Turning pasture to profit

Turning pasture to profit

16/06/15
Days to slaughter is the biggest driver of profit in a commercial lamb enterprise, and maximizing performance from grass is vital.
 
Beef Efficiency at Guddur

Beef Efficiency at Guddur

16/06/15
Wales’ beef producers are being urged to exploit improved growth genetics to finish cattle earlier.
 
Healthy poultry for a healthy profit

Healthy poultry for a healthy profit

10/06/15
Ensuring that your poultry flock is healthy plays a key role in ensuring a profitable business.
 
Grassland and EID in the spotlight at Hafod y Maidd

Grassland and EID in the spotlight at Hafod y Maidd

09/06/15
Farming Connect are hosting a demonstration farm event focusing on grassland and EID technology. The event on June 17 will be held at Hafod y Maidd, Glasfryn, Corwen, LL21 0RY at 4pm.
 
Have you developed an innovative agri-product or service which will benefit our industry?

Have you developed an innovative agri-product or service which will benefit our industry?

08/06/15
The search is on for exhibitors to take part in the Tomorrow, Today exhibition at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.
 
Farming Connect invites women working in agriculture to a day of inspiration, motivation and empowerment

Farming Connect invites women working in agriculture to a day of inspiration, motivation and empowerment

01/06/15
Farming Connect has selected two of Wales’ most iconic attractions to stage this year’s highly anticipated Women in Agriculture Forums
 
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 ...