Category Archives: Farm Practice

Why cows properly cared for are good – for the land, the climate, and us

This from Tom Chapman a livestock farmer, agriculture consultant and founding member of the Pasture Fed Livestock Association: “The oft-mentioned trope about emissions from animals and their other, supposedly damaging, … Read on

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Support amongst UK pig farmers and agricultural stakeholders for the use of food losses in animal feed

This research, featuring the results of a survey of 82 pig farmers and 81 other stakeholders  at the British Pig & Poultry Fair on the 10-11 May 2016, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire … Read on

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New funding from EU linking research with farming practice

This from the Rural Payments Agency, Defra, and the Rural Development Programme for England Network. The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) is part of the Countryside … Read on

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Organic vs Conventional Agric Yields: New research in Royal Soc Proceedings B

Abstract Agriculture today places great strains on biodiversity, soils, water and the atmosphere, and these strains will be exacerbated if current trends in population growth, meat and energy consumption, and … Read on

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Farm Power – new report from Forum for the Future

The report can be found here Farm Power: Exploring the Size of the Prize The Vision: By 2020, UK farms and rural communities will be making a significant contribution to a … Read on

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Soil structure: the use of visual evaluation (VESS) for farmers

by Bruce Ball, Soils specialist with Scotland’s Rural College I have a lifelong interest in soil structure – how soil is actually built up. Soil structure determines soil porosity – … Read on

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New research demonstrates different farm practices affect nutritional content and value of food

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition (doi:10.1017/S0007114514001366) this study according to lead author Prof Carlo Leifert “demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake … Read on

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No-till and soil carbon sequestration: does it work?

Soil Science of America Madeline Fisher May 5 2015 For the past 20 years, researchers have published soil organic carbon sequestration rates. Many of these findings have suggested that soil … Read on

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How to succeed in dairy farming: you don’t need £millions

This Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report by Joe Delves (August 2013), says if you put values and attitudes first, the rest will follow. Alan Spedding (RuSource) summarises Delves’ thesis in two … Read on

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Study finds organic milk from pasture fed cows healthier than conventional

This US study (involving researchers from Newcastle University) on Organic production and nutritional quality of milk was published on December 9 2013 in the open-source journal PLOS ONE. NB The U.S. … Read on

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