NWTG – Pre-Harvest Health & Safety Training

Appropriate training of staff on farms is becoming ever more important, not only for health and safety reasons but also for employee’s continual professional development (CPD).  Here in Wiltshire, we are fortunate that the North Wiltshire Training Group (NWTG) operates in this part of the country.  NWTG is a not for profit organisation that facilitates […]

Adding Sugars to Forages to Help Ensilement

As outlined in my previous article about managing nitrogen use in multi cut silages (June 2018), sugar is a crucial component in forage ensilement and boosting energy supply in all forages.  Sugars are referred to as water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) in a grass plant.  Lactic acid is produced from WSC which stabilise the forage and […]

Dairy Visit – FCG Tour

This years FCG consultants summer tour looked at an existing clients Autumn & Spring block of 10,000 litre cows in Wiltshire.  The cows are currently achieving 3,500 litres from forage and 330 litres from grass.  The current operation is very restricted, and expansion is difficult.  Cows are fed three diets; a fresh M+38 litres, M+45 […]

Update on Grants

As with many grants that have been available for the last few years, with Brexit soon to be upon us, certain grants have now finished, with the rest due to finish once we finally leave Europe.  The recent RDPE Growth Programme grants finished at the end of May, which saw good opportunities for those with […]