Farming and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Carbon Emissions

I was fortunate enough to join this conference at the beginning of July, inspired by Minette Batters’ challenge to all farmers of zero carbon emissions by 2040.  The conference, a partnership with the National Farmers Union and The Sustainable Food Trust, considered how agriculture responds to the climate emergency that faces us.  Minette Batters’ NFU […]

Diverse or Herbal Swards Proving Their Worth

The benefits of including white clover in swards has been known for a long time, with clover based leys being as productive as those receiving 200 kg of Nitrogen per hectare.   With the growing interest in herbal or diverse swards more research at the University College Dublin showed the benefits of introducing up to 6 […]

Study Tour to Wisconsin

Many discussion groups undertake study tours and this year the White Horse Dairy Discussion Group went further than many groups with a week-long visit to Wisconsin.  Over 5 days we saw a wide range of dairy and related businesses.  A number of common issues were discussed. The anti-animal brigade is probably even more vocal in […]

Herd Genetics – Have you A Plan?

Having the right cow for your system is fairly obvious, but ensuring that you have clear breeding objectives that fit with your long terms aims for your business is often overlooked with bulls being selected without due consideration, or by simply selecting according to an index which does not fully reflect the priorities for the […]