Category: British Farming

Holiday Accommodation Diversification – Share your Experience

Holiday accommodation - Farm Diversification - Farm Lodges

If you’ve diversified into holiday accommodation please tell us your experiences, whether you’ve just started or been at it for years, share the pros and cons and what you’ve learnt along the way. If you would like to help others with their farm diversification research please answer our questions below, feel free to discuss what you feel is most relevant and add on any information you like. Agrismart will feature your story on our website and place a small ad…

Compulsory EID Cattle Tagging – YES OR NO?

EID Cattle Tagging YES OR NO

In December 2017, the Animal identification and Movements of Livestock Team which is part of DEFRA, held consultations with all existing Animal ID Tag companies to discuss the standards that should be out in place for the compulsory roll out of EID tagging for cattle in the UK.  This has been done without any consultation of our farmers. Having seen the increased costs and minimal efficiency gains that came from making all sheep tags compulsory EID, surely our farmers should…

Cutting pesticides without cutting profits? Yes says French research

Cutting Pesticides

Cutting Pesticides – A research project in France looking at the use of pesticides in relation to profitability on French farms has produced results that have been surprising to many in the farming industry. The results, however, may only favour smaller farms found in the EU, and not the large scale industrial farms of North America. Cutting Pesticides – The project itself The study was conducted using data collected from approximately 950 non-organic French farms and was looking specifically at…

Lincolnshire Farming Conference – adapting in the ever-changing farming world

Lincolnshire Farming Conference

Diversify and adapt to survive and thrive in the ever-changing farming landscape Lincolnshire Farming Conference – Diversification is a word on many people’s lips within the farming world but not everyone is hearing the message. And this is something that the Lincolnshire Farming Conference, held at Lincoln Showground, was trying to change with this year’s focus on managing risk and planning for the future. Held in late February, the conference saw a range of speakers spreading the diversification message to their…

Agricultural supplies procurement service

Agricultural Supplies Procurement

AGRISMART PROCUREMENT LAUNCH – IT’S TIME TO CHANGE  Katie Jarvis-Grove, a purchasing expert with over 20 years of buying experience has joined forces with AgriSmart to offer an outsourced buying service. Agricultural Supplies Procurement – Never has the future of the country been so unsure. With today’s shock election results, what changes will we see in the agricultural community in the coming months and years? One thing is for sure, running costs of businesses are set to rise. Over the last…

Farm diversification: Irish farmer turns his farm into a multi-million-euro business

Farm Diversification

Farm diversification has long been a hot topic of conversation both for government ministers and for farmers themselves. In this ever-changing world, can farmers continue to concentrate solely on the production of arable crops and the raising of livestock to make a living? Prices are continually being driven down on milk and meat, leaving farmers with little profit at the end of the day. One man in Ireland believed that diversification away from traditional farming was the direction he should…

Passive transfer of immunity – testing calves

Passive Transfer - Testing Calves

Passive Transfer – The process of ensuring that a newly born calf receives colostrum from its mother within the first twenty-four hours of life, thereby receiving maternal antibodies which are absorbed into the small intestine, is known as ‘passive transfer’.   The importance of the passive transfer of immunity So why is passive transfer so important in the calving process? A calf, while born with a functional immune system, has limited immune resources. Colostrum should be fed to the calf…