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June 2017

Clearfield® system – the answer to effective weed control in OSR

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Clearfield® is a unique system for oilseed rape that combines hybrid seed varieties and high quality BASF herbicides for the most effective way to approach weed control in OSR.

Nuffield China - Can the UK have a slice of the cake?

By Iwan Vaughan 2 years ago

The second leg of the Nuffield Scholarship Global Focus Programme (GFP) took our group to Hong Kong and then onto China, taking us to Shanghai, Jinan in Shang Dong Province and finally to Beijing. Here is a brief summary of the travels and what we experienced during our time in China.

Arable Event highlights

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Later is better when it comes to weaning.

By Eimear Diamond 2 years ago

Calf weaning is always a topic of much discussion and debate; it is difficult to filter through advice and figure out what is best for your farm. I have sat around many farm kitchen tables and had the same discussion. As a calf specialist, I would always recommend weaning later, and using a step down weaning method but don’t just take my word for it, let’s have a look at some of the research.

The increasing threat of clubroot in OSR

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Clubroot is an increasing problem in oilseed rape crops – something that has been exacerbated by close rotations. We are hearing increasing reports of clubroot on farms, particularly in the western region.

Early blowfly prevention is essential for peace of mind...

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 2 years ago

Blowfly is the main external parasite traditionally affecting sheep in the late spring and summer months. Changing weather patterns have resulted in an increasingly unpredictable and lengthening season: it is now not uncommon to hear of strike as early as February and as late as November

Highlighting real-time parasite risks in local areas

By Rosy.Harding 2 years ago

With warmer weather enabling a longer grazing season and milder winters leading to more parasite survival, farmers need to have some degree of knowledge about parasites on their farm and in their area. As well as monitoring parasite risks by using the Parasite Watch map, farmers should also be using faecal egg counts and monitoring growth rates.

Focus on...Root Seed

By Anna.Roberts 2 years ago

Wynnstay supplies a wide range of root and catch options for livestock enterprises, including kale, stubble turnips and forage rape. These can all be supplied as straights or they can be mixed to suit individual requirements. Root crops can be excellent for producing low input, home-grown forage for a variety of situations.

Two’s company…is group housing the more efficient way to rear calves?

By Jessica Charlton 2 years ago

There has been a lot of discussion recently in regards to whether to group or individually house neonatal calves. The trend has been to put calves into individual pens, with individual hutches being particularly popular. The main reason for this trend was down to health and disease control, however, recent research has evidence to the contrary, suggesting that pair housing of neonatal calves may indeed improve both growth and welfare by encouraging greater feed intake, development of normal social behaviours, and by reducing stress and helping with weight gain at the time of weaning.

Nuffield - Global Focus Programme - Singapore & Philippines

By Iwan Vaughan 2 years ago

As part of my Nuffield Farming Scholarship, I was selected to take part in a 6 week Global Focus Programme (GFP). The GFP is organised by Nuffield Australia, and takes you through 3 continents to learn and open your eyes to opportunities and markets across the world. The GFP will take me through Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, China, Germany, UK and the States visiting Washington DC and California.