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.
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.
Menna Williams from Llanybydder has been appointed as the new Farming Connect facilitator for Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire.
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.
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.
Farming Connect is adding to its network of Demonstration Farms.
Sulphur is a key plant nutrient essential for protein, vitamin, plant hormone and chlorophyll production.
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 ...
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 (IPM) is a well established approach to pest control that farms and nurseries can implement or extend a bit each year.
The search has now begun for candidates for the Farming Connect Agri-Academy 2014.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 producers can significantly improve their handling systems if they understand the behavior of their flocks.
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.
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.
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 aim to host a series of events across Wales to assist sheep producers in their preparations for lambing.
The key advantage of rotational grazing is the fact that the plant is rested.
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.
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.
Nuffield scholar Rhys Williams of Trygarn dairy, demonstration farm opens the parlour for an open day in conjunction with Farming Connect.
Farming Connect is looking forward to a busy time at this year’s Winter Fair at Llanelwedd (December 2/3).
Welsh farmers are being urged to add value to their products through marketing and creating a brand.
Silage management on Welsh farms should be a key focus to improving both economic and environmental sustainability.
The Wales Farming Conference 2014 will take place on 13 February 2014 at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells.
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.
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.
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 us at this year’s Winter Fair at the Royal Welsh Showground on 2 & 3 December.
Don’t miss your claims deadline.
The latest factsheets and podcasts are now available.
Farmers are now able to request printed versions of Farming Connect’s Demonstration Farm open day reports.
Good foot health plays an important role in the success of all dairy enterprises in Wales because lameness cuts productivity and increases costs.
Designing a dairy unit with a combined emphasis on cow and people comfort is integral to maximising productivity, according to the man who designed the new dairy at a Welsh agricultural college.
The benefits of out-wintering cattle include reductions in housing and bedding costs and potential benefits in the health of the cattle.
Welsh farmers can get the best return from farmland by ensuring it is never out of production, according to a leading grassland and forage specialist.
Good seed bed preparation and soil chemistry have been key to reseeding a 25-acre block of land on a Carmarthenshire dairy farm.
An 11-acre crop of lucerne grown in challenging conditions on a Welsh sheep and beef farm has yielded 33 tonnes of dry matter from just two cuts thanks to good attention to detail at the establishment stage.
Farming Connect collaborate with Coleg Cambria Llysfasi to organize an open day on building design in dairy units.
Good colostrum management on a Welsh dairy farm is resulting in stronger calves that are less prone to disease.
According to independent sheep consultant, Dr Catherine Nakielny, gains in several different areas such as feed efficiency and ram performance only need to be marginal to influence profitability.
At a time when margins are tight in the suckler sector, farmers are being urged to target the ultimate calving index of 365 days.
An open day has been arranged for 24 October at Hendre Nantcyll, Pantglas, Gwynedd a Farming Connect demonstration farm from 13:00 - 16:00.
Over seeding has proved to be a cost effective method of rejuvenating pastures on a Ceredigion livestock farm because fields have remained in production.
This Autumn four succession events have been organized across Wales for farmers to gain professional advice and guidance on such sensitive subjects as succession issues.