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Ruminants feed conversion and water treatment

Ruminants digestive system

Water is the main constituent of ruminants and all animals, averaging 50% to 80% water depending on age and fat content. The importance of water and it’s quality is typically overlooked and yet the prevalence put on food quality in finishing animals and animal health is a hot topic. Unfortunately, this is an oversight as an animal can survive after losing 50% of its body protein and yet if a ruminant or other animal loses just 10% of its body…

Water Industry – Ageing Infrastructure Poses Challenges

Water Industry - Water Management

Aging infrastructure in the water industry is posing a massive challenge according to a report from Black & Veatch, an engineering consultancy firm. A different approach to business as well as new investment in the water industry will be essential in narrowing the gap between what consumers expect and what the services actually cost.…

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…

Milk production takes a whole lot of water

milk production

Vast Amounts of Water Required for Milk Production – Dairy cows require huge quantities of water for the milk production for which they are so famous. It is essential for all dairy farmers to provide water for their herds with a highlight on ease of access so all members of the herd can stay hydrated. – Cows consume the most water just after eating and just after they have been milked. The location of the water trough is essential so that…

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…