The changing landscape and sustainable intensification
In the latest issue of the Sustainable Intensification Platform newsletter SIPScene the research team brings up to date news and views from their project ranging from natural flood management to the best principles for designing decision support tools.
Rural Business Research report brings latest intelligence from farms in England
Rural Business Research (RBR) reports that farmers are very keen that their voice is heard both during the Brexit negotiations and future agriculture policy discussions. They urge the NFU to be very proactive and for Defra to seek farmer views on the future direction of UK agriculture. In their latest report RBR collates views from farm businesses across England about the future following the referendum vote, as well as the current business position for different types of farming enterprise. See their Intelligence Reports from the Regions for this twice-yearly round up.
Princes Countryside Fund Forum on supporting family farms and rural communities
The Princes Countryside Fund will be holding its popular Forum on Tuesday 6 December at Church House, Westminster, London. Sponsored by M&S the day-long event will bring together rural campaigners, community groups, not for profit organisations and education providers to explore the most effective ways to support the long-term viability of family farms and rural communities. The Forum is open to organisations committed to securing a sustainable future for the countryside and interested in applying for, or already in receipt of, grants from the Fund. There will also be an opportunity to meet with the team from the Fund to get advice on future applications. To find out more contact Clare Crookenden on 0207 566 6615 or email email@example.com. Tickets are available via Eventbrite.
How can farmers manage low birthweight pigs profitably?
Birthweight and early management of pigs affects lifetime performance and is key to profitability. In the latest briefing note published by Newcastle Universitys School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Professor Ilias Kyriazakis outlines recent research which shows that low birthweight pigs could have the capacity to catch up with their littermates and what management techniques could help.
Whats the outlook for UK livestock exports post Brexit?
UK agriculture is part of a global trading environment therefore the trade negotiations for future relationships with the EU as well as those with third countries, are crucial to support a thriving domestic food and farming sector. Critical to the understanding of the best approach is knowledge of the major trading routes for the major agricultural products. In a helpful briefing for ADAS David Moorhouse highlights major trading routes for each of the main livestock sectors, summarises trading facts and figures for imports and exports and highlights some of the key factors that will be important for UK livestock producers during the trade negotiations.