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Controlling Liver Fluke infection in your herd, Shropshire

Controlling Liver Fluke infection in your herd, Shropshire

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 10:15 to 13:00

Join AHDB Dairy and Beef & Lamb for this event discussing the latest research work on liver fluke control and how it can be implemented on your own farm. Speakers will explain how to test for and then treat liver fluke in your herd and what aspects of herd management can be associated with infection.

Programme

10:15am Arrival, registration, tea & coffee

10:30am Welcome & objectives for the meeting – Amy Fawcett, AHDB

10:35am Introduction to farm – James Evans

10:45am Managing liver fluke on your farm-  Professor Diana Williams & Dr Alison Howell, University of Liverpool

  • Impact of liver fluke on beef and dairy herds, diagnostics and treatment options
  • Management risk factors associated with liver fluke infection and how to use them to your      advantage

11:30am Preparing for housing your cattle-  Elliott Clifton, Crowgate veterinary surgery

  • Preventing pneumonia ­­- how to avoid, a check in performance at housing, optimise health and reduce antibiotic use on your farm

12:00pm Farm walk

Places are limited and registration is essential. To book your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events Hub on 01904 771212 or email [email protected]

03/10/2018 - 10:15 to 13:00
 
 
 
 
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Agri Tech East Pollinator - The AgChem pipeline, new chemistries for improved crop management

Agri Tech East Pollinator - The AgChem pipeline, new chemistries for improved crop management

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 16:00 to 19:00

Venue: Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

The importance of agri-chemicals to support productive agriculture shouldn’t be under-estimated, and exciting advances are being made in the developments of novel solutions for crop protection, soil enhancement and plant stimulants. With potential regulatory uncertainties for some current management solutions, the pressing need to develop to effective, environmentally acceptable crop management chemistries continues.

This Pollinator will be an opportunity to hear first-hand about the pipeline of innovative new chemistries being made available to growers, as well as providing an opportunity to understand more about the process of researching and developing new solutions.

Representatives from large and small developers of novel solutions will be showcasing agri-chemicals for soil improvement, crop protection, integrated pest management, as well as a novel formulation for nitrogen application.

Click here for more information. 

09/10/2018 - 16:00 to 19:00
 
 
 
Valuing and managing veteran trees: Devon

Valuing and managing veteran trees: Devon

Event date: 
Friday, October 12, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

This one-day introductory course is aimed at those who are responsible for managing areas with veteran trees, anyone who owns veteran trees or has a keen interest.

This course was developed as part of the VETree project (European project across five countries, see www.vetree.eu for details).

Training will be delivered through a combination of presentations, group exercises and field visits with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss.

Learning outcomes
This one day course will focus on providing participants with sufficient information and experience to:

  1. Give a definition of a veteran tree that is of importance for biological or heritage value.
  2. Explain why trees can live so long
  3. Describe how and where roots grow and why they are important
  4. Undertake a simple survey of a veteran tree in the field
  5. Assess when management is likely to be appropriate for old trees or their surroundings

A certificate of attendance is provided upon completion of the course.

Who should attend?
Those responsible for managing areas with veteran trees. The course does not require any prior knowledge and therefore is suitable for a wide audience including arborists, foresters, land managers, ecologists, countryside officers, landscape professionals, built heritage professionals, students and amateurs with a keen interest.

Cost
£140 per person.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch (there is a farm shop and cafe within walking distance).

You can pay online with debit card, credit card, or through a PayPal account, by clicking the ‘Book now’ button.

12/10/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
 
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Soil improvement - Impact of management practices on soil function and quality

Soil improvement - Impact of management practices on soil function and quality

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 09:30 to Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 15:30

Soil functions and agricultural productivity are closely linked. The application of soil improving techniques is crucial to maintain soil functions, long-term productivity and the broad range ecosystem services provided by soils. these techniques include tillage, crop diversity, crop management, cover crops and the use of organic amendments. The effectiveness of soil management practices will vary with soil type, farming systems and agro-climatic zones. Management practices should be practical and economically viable to encourage uptake by farmers. Equally, important is the development of land use policies to secure the wider societal benefits provided by soils.

Papers are invited with a perspective on management to improve soil functioning. Management strategies will include, for example:
• Use of organic materials 
• Precision farming
• Cover cropping
• Crop diversification
• Cultivation
• Decision support tools

Research can consider the impact on: soil biological, chemical and physical quality, crop productivity, economic and practical implications and also approaches for measuring and monitoring soil improvement.

Invited Speakers

  • Lizzie Sagoo (ADAS)
  • Elizabeth Stockdale (Newcastle University)
 
 
 
 
LIC International Pasture for Profit Conference

LIC International Pasture for Profit Conference

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

Location - Birmingham Airport Holiday Inn

The conference will bring together a line-up of leading international experts, and UK speakers, to address the major issues facing today’s dairy farmers- including attracting and retaining staff, decision making in unpredictable times and farm succession.
 
In addition, the conference will look at ways in which to improve farm business management, particularly focussing on better grassland utilisation and soils management. The economics of once-a-day milking will also be discussed.
 
“Regardless of farming system, there are some universal issues affecting all dairy farmers in the UK (or Ireland),” says Timothy Bunnett, Sales Operations Manager, LIC Europe. “We are in uncertain times and investing in attending events such as this can be incredibly beneficial for your business planning. I want to urge farmers, farm managers and herdspersons to take this unique opportunity to listen to international experts, alongside leading UK farmers, and consider how they can adapt their business for a more profitable future.
 
“We are honoured to be welcoming high profile speakers such as Professor Nicola Shadbolt, from Massey University in New Zealand, who’ll look at decision making in unpredictable times as well as the attributes of resilient farmers, Jo Speed from Kite Consulting who’ll discuss succession and managing conflict and dairy scientist, Dr John Roche, who’ll share his thoughts on the Northland trial of production systems in New Zealand.”
 
There’ll also be the option to attend a pre-conference dinner held on 15 October with a key note talk from Robin Page, journalist and presenter and chairman of the Countryside Restoration Trust.
 
For more information or to book your place click here
16/10/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
Euro Dairy Webinar - Responsible Anti microbial use on UK dairy farms, The Farmer Action Group Project

Euro Dairy Webinar - Responsible Anti microbial use on UK dairy farms, The Farmer Action Group Project

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 08:45 to 19:45

For more information click here 

Online event

Join Lisa and Graham for this webinar discussing a farmer-led approach to responsible antimicrobial use on UK dairy farms. During this webinar, Lisa will explain what a farmer-led approach is, how did the Farmer Action Group project work and what the farmers achieved.

Participating farmer, Graham Wells, will provide a first-hand account of his experiences of being part of the Farmer Action Group project and experiences of learning across borderers through a EuroDairy knowledge exchange trip to the Netherlands.

17/10/2018 - 08:45 to 19:45
 
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Maximising the environment for the high yielding cow Ayrshire

Maximising the environment for the high yielding cow Ayrshire

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:30 to 14:30

AHDB is running a series of practical workshops that will focus on ventilation and also incorporate other aspects of the cow’s environment including feed space and cow comfort to help farmers optimise the environment to maximise herd performance.

In high yielding, all year round calving herds, marginal gains can have a big impact on the bottom line. The limiting factor is rarely the genetic potential of the cow but the environment in which she can express her potential. Buildings often become the bottle-neck due to the cost to replace them.

The Workshop:

A practical on farm session, limited to a maximum of 25 attendees. Aimed at farmers with housed herds of high yielding cows. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Outcomes:

  • Assess your own building to identify the restrictions in ventilation, feed space and cow comfort
  • Maximise productivity from your current building
  • Avoid the pitfalls and impacts of new building designs
  • The cost/benefit of building modification

Date:     Tuesday 23 October 2018

Time:    10:30 to 14:30

Venue:  Fortacres Farm, Gatehead, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire KA2 9AY (by kind permission of Alistair Brown)

The cost of attending this meeting is funded via your levy.  Please ensure you register your attendance for catering purposes.  Levy payers will have first refusal.

Please bring a clean pair of wellington boots to help with the biosecurity and out of respect to the host’s farm business.

To find out more or book a place, please contact the KE Events hub on 01904 771216 or email [email protected] 

Dairy Pro Points are available for attending this event, Click here for more details.  

 

23/10/2018 - 10:30 to 14:30
 
IAgrM National Farm Walk 2018

IAgrM National Farm Walk 2018

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 10:00 to 15:45

Venue: Harper Adams University, Edgmond, Shropshire

More information please click here

We will be given a tour of The University Farm & The National Centre of Precision Farming including Hands Free Hectare, Precision Livestock & Precision Entomology.

24/10/2018 - 10:00 to 15:45
 
Teagasc Grass Fed dairy conference

Teagasc Grass Fed dairy conference

Event date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

Venue: Osprey Hotel, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. W91 X40K

Benefits of grass-fed dairy systems on the nutritional composition and properties of milk and dairy products

Grass fed dairy cows produce milk with superior nutritional properties.  This conference will demonstrate the scientific evidence to support these conclusions, and provide Irish exporters with the information required to market their produce as 'Irish Grass-Fed Dairy Products'.  

For more information please click here

25/10/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
Teagasc Grass Fed dairy conference

Teagasc Grass Fed dairy conference

Event date: 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 09:30 to 16:30

Venue: Osprey Hotel, Devoy Quarter, Naas, Co. Kildare, Ireland. W91 X40K

Benefits of grass-fed dairy systems on the nutritional composition and properties of milk and dairy products

Grass fed dairy cows produce milk with superior nutritional properties.  This conference will demonstrate the scientific evidence to support these conclusions, and provide Irish exporters with the information required to market their produce as 'Irish Grass-Fed Dairy Products'.  

For more information please click here

25/10/2018 - 09:30 to 16:30
 
 
 
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Making the most of fodder beet in Beef, Sheep and Dairy systems Hereford

Making the most of fodder beet in Beef, Sheep and Dairy systems Hereford

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 14:00 to 16:30

By kind permission of H J Sparey & Son

Richard Sparey has 50 acres of fodder beet, which he uses to grow replacement suckler heifers. He also runs 2000 ewes and the lambs are fattened on the leaves.

Join AHDB Beef & Lamb and Dr Jim Gibbs a fodder beet grazing specialist from Lincoln University, New Zealand, for this on-farm, practical event focusing on utilising fodder beet in beef, sheep and dairy systems.

Programme

2:00pm Arrival, tea and coffee

2:15pm Introductions and plan for the day – Amy Fawcett, AHDB Beef & Lamb

2:20pm Background to the farm – Richard Sparey, host farmer

2:30pm Making the most of fodder beet – Dr Jim Gibbs, Lincoln University

Pros and cons of fodderbeet for beef, sheep and dairy systems

Top tips for variety choice, establishment and crop management

How to transition to fodderbeet well

Planning how to optimise performance on fodderbeet

3:30pm    Farm Walk

4:00pm    End

 To book your FREE place ring the AHDB Beef & Lamb events Hub on 01904 771212 or email [email protected]

Booking is essential. Please bring clean boots and outdoor clothing.*If you have any special dietary requirement please contact us as soon as possible.

Venue: Lodge Farm, Garway, Hereford, HR2 8RJ

For more information click here

30/10/2018 - 14:00 to 16:30
 
 
 
 
 
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