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Wales Women in Agriculture Forum

Wales Women in Agriculture Forum

09/04/14
Farming Connect invites women from across Wales to attend a Women in Agriculture forum entitled 'Choices and challenges - the female perspective' which will be held on Thursday, 1 May at Y Plas, Machynlleth SY20 8ER.  
 
From gate to plate - Exploring alternative income streams

From gate to plate - Exploring alternative income streams

04/04/14
Farming Connect are organising diversification seminars to encourage farmers to explore alternative income streams available to them by diversifying in to other food and drinks projects.
 
Growing maize under plastic

Growing maize under plastic

02/04/14
The use of plastic film in maize growing has the potential to bring the recognised physical and financial benefits resulting from the inclusion of maize silage in ruminant rations to many farmers who historically have dismissed their farms potential to grow the crop due to altitude, location and cl ...
 
Substantial cash savings for dairy farmers

Substantial cash savings for dairy farmers

01/04/14
Hywel and Rose Roberts, together with their son John, farm at Tyn Celyn, Gwyddelwern near Corwen, a 360 acre dairy farm.
 
Why reseed?

Why reseed?

01/04/14
Farmers are continually being challenged to produce ‘more from less’.
 
Demo farm focus: Marcross - metabolic profiling to improve fertility

Demo farm focus: Marcross - metabolic profiling to improve fertility

01/04/14
Metabolic disease in dairy cattle is of major economic importance.
 
Choices and challenges - the female perspective

Choices and challenges - the female perspective

01/04/14
Farming Connect invites women from across Wales to attend a Women in Agriculture forum to be held on Thursday, 1 May at Y Plas, Machynlleth SY20 8ER.
 
To creep or not to creep?

To creep or not to creep?

01/04/14
With March seeing the peak of lambing for many producers and nutrition a major factor in early lamb growth, consideration may be being given to the cost-benefit of creep feeding.
 
News in brief - Tomorrow Today exhibition 2014

News in brief - Tomorrow Today exhibition 2014

01/04/14
Following the success of last year’s Tomorrow Today exhibition at the Royal Welsh Show, Farming Connect and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society will soon be launching the search for new innovations to be showcased at the 2014 show.
 
News in brief - three new demonstration farms

News in brief - three new demonstration farms

01/04/14
Farming Connect has recruited three new Demonstration Farms.
 
Care of the cow and calf: Producing vigorous calves

Care of the cow and calf: Producing vigorous calves

25/03/14
The key output of your suckler herd is the number of calves sold.
 
Farmer Enterprise Competition 2014 - find the winning formula

Farmer Enterprise Competition 2014 - find the winning formula

24/03/14
Following the success of last year’s Farmer Enterprise Competition, Farming Connect is now launching the search for the next five teams to compete for the 2014 title.
 
Welsh Soil Temperature Map re-launched

Welsh Soil Temperature Map re-launched

19/03/14
Farming Connect have re-launched the new Soil Temperature service for farmers in Wales in association with Natural Resources Wales.
 
Lambing management – Disease control

Lambing management – Disease control

13/03/14
A successful lambing season is crucial to a productive and profitable year, ensuring that as many lambs are reared will have a direct impact on your sales and ultimately your profit.
 
Open day: Hafod y Maidd

Open day: Hafod y Maidd

12/03/14
A Welsh livestock farmer whose single farm payment is set to reduce by €20,000 is making key changes to his system in an attempt to increase income from the farm’s beef and lamb enterprises.
 
Diversification events offer farmers food for thought

Diversification events offer farmers food for thought

27/02/14
Supply chain efficiency project, Horticulture Wales is teaming up with Farming Connect to host three informal events across Wales to highlight how diversifying into horticulture can provide farmers with another source of income and aid in meeting a rising demand for Welsh-grown produce.
 
Iodine Tests at Hendre Nantcyll

Iodine Tests at Hendre Nantcyll

27/02/14
Following a difficult calving season in 2012, the Farming Connect Demonstration Farm, Hendre Nantcyll, decided to have a detailed look at the health of their suckler herd, to improve the calving percentage and to tighten the calving period.
 
The best of both worlds- making undersowing work at Winterton farm

The best of both worlds- making undersowing work at Winterton farm

26/02/14
Growing cereals for seed is a specialised and skilled enterprise which Steve and Liz Ford achieve every year with spring barley at Farming Connect demonstration farm Winterton, near Haverfordwest.
 
Aberystwyth University Graduate joins Farming Connect as Facilitator in Ceredigion

Aberystwyth University Graduate joins Farming Connect as Facilitator in Ceredigion

21/02/14
Menna Williams from Llanybydder has been appointed as the new Farming Connect facilitator for Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire.
 
Horticulture - a new source of income for farmers?

Horticulture - a new source of income for farmers?

06/02/14
One of the biggest issues faced by supply chains in Wales is that the level of demand for Welsh grown fruit and vegetables exceeds the volumes available.
 
Reducing mastitis in the breeding flock

Reducing mastitis in the breeding flock

06/02/14
Mastitis is common on many sheep farms and leads to poor milk yield, poor growth rate in lambs, higher culling rates and higher ewe and lamb mortality, according to Kate Phillips of ADAS.
 
Three new demo farms

Three new demo farms

06/02/14
Farming Connect is adding to its network of Demonstration Farms.
 
Sulphur status of Welsh grassland

Sulphur status of Welsh grassland

06/02/14
Sulphur is a key plant nutrient essential for protein, vitamin, plant hormone and chlorophyll production.
 
140206 Farmer Innovation  Fund - up to  £5,000 available

Farmer Innovation Fund - up to £5,000 available

06/02/14
Farming Connect has launched a new funding scheme which will offer groups of farmers up to £5,000 if they can come up with an innovative and practical project to help improve production efficiencies and profitability while also protecting efficiencies and profitability while also protecting the env ...
 
Improving the profitability and marketability of lamb

Improving the profitability and marketability of lamb

06/02/14
A range of knowledge transfer ‘top tips’ for the lamb industry have been highlighted by leading specialists following the results of the inaugural Farmer Enterprise Competition.
 
Integrated Pest Management in horticultural production

Integrated Pest Management in horticultural production

06/02/14
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a well established approach to pest control that farms and nurseries can implement or extend a bit each year.
 
Agri-Academy 2014 - have you got what it takes?

Agri-Academy 2014 - have you got what it takes?

06/02/14
The search has now begun for candidates for the Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2014.
 
Join Agrisgôp, unlock your potential!

Join Agrisgôp, unlock your potential!

06/02/14
Since Agrisgôp was launched 10 years ago, over 2,000 individuals within 300 groups have benefitted from this fully funded management development programme that encourages eligible farmers to get together to take forward business ideas.
 
Suckler cow production under spotlight at new Demonstration Farm event

Suckler cow production under spotlight at new Demonstration Farm event

05/02/14
Suckler beef farmers will be given advice on steps they can take to increase productivity and financial output during a Farming Connect open day in Denbighshire next week.
 
Biomass Boilers and the Renewable Heat Incentive

Biomass Boilers and the Renewable Heat Incentive

05/02/14
Farming Connect and DairyCo have arranged a series of meetings across Wales to raise awareness and develop knowledge on the heat technologies and efficiencies of biomass boilers in particular for those operating farming systems with high energy usage.
 
Farming Connect renewable heat event at Garthmyn Isaf, Llanrwst welcomed 130 farmers

Farming Connect renewable heat event at Garthmyn Isaf, Llanrwst welcomed 130 farmers

04/02/14
Renewable expert Jon Swain of Farm Energy Centre addressed the farmers by giving an overview of the benefits of biomass installations and it’s economic feasibility.
 
Electronic ID at Gop Farm

Electronic Identification at Gop Farm 

31/01/14
A Flintshire livestock farmer who finishes 1,200 cattle a year has invested in  electronic identification to measure performance with the aim of increasing profitability.
 
Farming Connect Beef Outlook event at Bronyglyn

Farming Connect Beef Outlook event at Bronyglyn

29/01/14
With a low beef price continuing its profit squeeze on Wales’ suckler farms, producers are being advised to focus on cow efficiency to improve performance.
 
Sheep handling at Abbey Farm

Sheep handling at Abbey Farm

28/01/14
Sheep producers can significantly improve their handling systems if they understand the behavior of their flocks.
 
From gate to plate – Exploring alternative income streams

From gate to plate – Exploring alternative income streams

28/01/14
Farming Connect are organising an event to encourage farmers to explore alternative income streams available to them by diversifying into other food and drinks projects.
 
Farmer Innovation Fund - Farming Connect offers groups of farmers up to £5,000 for innovative projects

Farmer Innovation Fund - Farming Connect offers groups of farmers up to £5,000 for innovative projects

24/01/14
Farming Connect is launching a new funding scheme which will offer farmers up to £5,000 if they can come up with an innovative and practical project which will help improve production efficiencies while also protecting the environment.  
 
Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2014 launched at Senedd breakfast

Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2014 launched at Senedd breakfast

24/01/14
The Minister for Natural Resources & Food Alun Davies AM launched the Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2014 at a Farmhouse Breakfast event hosted by the Farmers’ Union of Wales in Cardiff.
 
Farming Connect host a series of events across Wales to reduce lambing losses

Farming Connect host a series of events across Wales to reduce lambing losses

23/01/14
Farming Connect aim to host a series of events across Wales to assist sheep producers in their preparations for lambing. 
 
Rotational grazing at Flemingston

Rotational grazing at Flemingston

02/01/14
The key advantage of rotational grazing is the fact that the plant is rested.
 
Dry Cow Management

Dry Cow Management

02/01/14
Dry Cow Management is important as research indicates that the mammary gland of the dairy cow requires a non-lactating period prior to calving to ensure optimised milk production in the following lactation.
 
All grass wintering of sheep with John Vipond

All grass wintering of sheep with John Vipond

13/12/13
Well known SAC sheep consultant John Vipond has urged the adoption of research developments he believes offer practical benefits to livestock farmers and their animals.
 
New demonstration Farm, Trygarn

New demonstration farm, Trygarn

09/12/13
Nuffield scholar Rhys Williams of Trygarn dairy, demonstration farm opens the parlour for an open day in conjunction with Farming Connect.
 
Busy time for Farming Connect at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Busy time for Farming Connect at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair

18/11/13
Farming Connect is looking forward to a busy time at this year’s Winter Fair at Llanelwedd (December 2/3).
 
Marketing your produce, building a brand and adding value at the farm gate

Marketing your produce, building a brand and adding value at the farm gate

14/11/13
Welsh farmers are being urged to add value to their products through marketing and creating a brand.
 
Silage clamp management

Silage clamp management

13/11/13
Silage management on Welsh farms should be a key focus to improving both economic and environmental sustainability.
 
Wales Farming Conference 2014

Wales Farming Conference 2014

13/11/13
The Wales Farming Conference 2014 will take place on 13 February 2014 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.
 
Time for comparing your figures

Time for comparing your figures

13/11/13
Tax accounts should not be regarded as just a necessary requirement for the taxman and the dark confines of your farm filing system, according to business consultant, David Thomas of Andersons.
 
Demo Farm Focus - Y Gyrn, Llanuwchllyn

Demo Farm Focus - Y Gyrn, Llanuwchllyn

13/11/13
Huw Robert’s main objective is to improve the quality of existing livestock on the farm, and in particular, to drive up the profitability of his suckler herd.
 
Improving lamb profitability

Improving lamb profitability

13/11/13
Lamb production has a promising future, but managing input costs and maximising output will become increasingly important in order to compete within a global economy, according to independent sheep expert Catherine Nakielny.
 
Visit Farming Connect at the Winter Fair

Visit Farming Connect at the Winter Fair

13/11/13
Visit us at this year’s Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground on 2 & 3 December.