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Slurry is a valuable source of nutrients, which when used effectively can reduce your fertiliser bill and help you to grow more quality forage. The increased use of low emission slurry spreading equipment (LESSE) encourages better utilisation of slurry as more nutrients are available to the plant. There are challenges with using such equipment however,…

From this autumn Fane Valley will be offering their new precision soil services. The bespoke service starts with GPS guided soil sampling to ensure accuracy and repeatability of sampling, this data can then be used to develop management zones and plans to drive efficiency on farm.  Soil analysis is a key starting point to growing…

Fane Valley are running a competition to find the best silage in the province this winter. Any farmer who uses Fane Valley to analyse their silage this winter will automatically be entered into the competition to win 250t worth of grass silage additive for next season.  Silage quality is key to good animal performance, reducing…

Choosing varieties with high resistance to Septoria is one of the best agronomic tools to help control disease in crops. Two varieties stand out for their Septoria disease resistance, KWS Extase with a Septoria resistance score of 8.1 and Theodore with a resistance of 8.2 by using either of these varieties it will make it…

Throughout the recent Covid-19 Pandemic, AFBI laboratories have worked tirelessly to ensure that Northern Ireland farmers received a first-class service when it comes to BVD testing. Despite AFBI becoming involved in the testing of Covid-19 samples to help out the National Health Service, farmers sending tissue samples in for testing received their BVD test results…

80% of early lactation problems can be related back to the dry period, therefore providing the correct feeding, management and provision of a stress free environment during this stage is essential. In reality, there is a wide variation in dry cow management strategies adopted on farm, therefore there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Whatever…

With very unsettled weather this harvest it could be worth considering crimping grain. Grain can be harvested between 25-45% moisture and processed by crimping the grain in a crimper roller, treated with a quality additive and then ensiled. Crimping can be used on a range of crops including, wheat barley, triticale, oats, maize and even…

This year has seen many challenges, including difficult conditions in some areas of the country which has led to low grass growth. Now we have seen a change and recent wet weather seeing a recovery in grass growth but also making conditions difficult for some. These challenges have highlighted our dependence on grass and the…

As we enter the month of July winter cereals begin to ripen and crops are fast entering the window for harvesting as wholecrop.  All cereals (wheat, barley, oats, triticale and rye) can be successfully ensiled to produce a wholecrop silage. Provided crops have been well managed dry matter yields, starch levels and feeding value will…

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