From the knowledge library

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

13 August 2018

Biostimulant product types available in the UK and the level of evidence for effects on cereals and oilseed rape (OSR) crops are outlined in this publication

22 May 2018

The Safe Haven Certification Scheme is simple, practical and robust, offering strong protection from imported diseases for the whole industry. This is why the Potato Council played a major role in its development and its successor, AHDB, strongly supports it.

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

23 May 2018

With increasingly tight financial margins in beef and sheep production , minimising the losses of saleable meat and offal is important for the whole supply chain. This manual gives an overview of the conditions that cause rejections at post-mortem inspection and how these conditions can be avoided

23 May 2018

This definitive guide to cereal diseases in the UK contains full colour photgraphs for identification plus information on hosts, symptoms and lifecycles.

23 May 2018

These publications summarise data for the control of the major diseases of barley and fungicide dose-response curves from independent fungicide trials.

23 May 2018

With careful management, surplus pure dairy-bred male calves can be a useful option for beef farmers looking to source additional animals to rear and finish. This manual gives an overview of how to produce good quality beef from surplus male dairy calves

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

13 July 2018

The aim of this guide is to enable barley growers to identify where production may be falling short of potential.

13 August 2018

With potentially increasing feed costs, it may become more profitable to finish pigs at a lower slaughter weight, with a reduced feed input

13 August 2018

The AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection. The pocketbook format is particularly useful for taking to summer variety trials.

23 May 2018

Grass grown for silage has different needs to grass grown solely for grazing. Silage can provide high quality forage for winter feeding however, as with all crops, it depends on using the right varieties of grass and optimising soil conditions. This manual covers the key issues when making silage

6 August 2018

Report on the topic of the growth of vegans, flexitarians and plant-based food.

23 May 2018

More non-target species appear on plum fruit moth traps than for most other moth traps. The most common contaminant species is Grapholita tenebrosana (G.t.). Although it is harmless, it looks very similar to PFM and is frequently wrongly recorded.

23 May 2018

This publication includes information on the availability of sulphur (S) from manures and biosolids, the importance of correct fertilisation to achieve quality and diagnosing and treating S deficiency.

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 5 Potatoes

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

9 August 2018

A guide about the key areas to consider when purchasing stock including potential diseases, isolation, tests and treatments.

22 May 2018

A factsheet explaining the differences in ingredients, manufacturing and nutritional quality of calf milk replacers.

4 July 2018

The Yearbook provides updates on the work undertaken by AHDB during the previous year. Teams from knowledge exchange, research & innovations, health & welfare, consumer marketing, exports, market intelligence, consumber insight and the pork strategy director all share details of progess on projects

23 May 2018

Your guide to current AHDB crop protection research and how the results can help your business. We take a look at how everyday substances, like sunflower oil and vinegar, have a role to play in crop protection. How market forces, legislation, and research and development are shaping the availability of biopesticides.

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

23 May 2018

Part two of the Protected Edibles Crop Walkers’ Guide has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

This poster provides an easy reference guide to indicate the life-cycle stage of the most common pests of cane fruit crops throughout the year. The calendar also indicates when to expect low or high population pressures. 

9 August 2018

The way for sheep producers to maximise returns is to produce and sell the type of sheep buyers really want and are willing to pay for. This manual covers the key issues producers face when marketing prime lambs, from identifying target markets to selecting lambs to market

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

23 May 2018

Eyespot is a common disease in intensive cereal rotations. This new risk assessment method includes an early, pre-sowing, assessment of agronomic risks, to allow an integrated management approach.

23 May 2018

Driving costs down and boosting efficiency is critical for any business. In lamb production this means looking carefully at every aspect from early pregnancy onwards. This manual addresses the key factors that contribute to a successful lamb crop

23 May 2018

The Feb/March issue of The Grower is packed with the latest news, industry updates and useful information for growers across the UK. In this issue explore how disruptive mating systems could help combat moth pests, catch up with the tomorrow's scientists and take a insiders sneak peak at soil mapping.

13 August 2018

The AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection. The pocketbook format is particularly useful for taking to summer variety trials.

22 May 2018

A guide to assessing daily cow feed requirements, formulating diets and monitoring performance.

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

10 August 2018

The AHDB Recommended Lists provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection.

4 July 2018

The UK pig meat review shares the latest data on clean pig and sow slaughterings. It provides the latest import and export figures for the quarter and makes projections about the overall market supply situation to create a forecast

23 May 2018

Safe, effective grain storage is key to assuring crop quality and helping prevent loss of premiums through claims and rejections.

23 May 2018

Improving returns from a suckler herd depends on increasing the number of calves weaned. Feeding makes an important contribution to fertility, calving ease and calf performance and is a major cost of keeping a suckler cow. This manual takes a look at feeding at all stages of suckled calf production

23 May 2018

This factsheet provides growers with the results of sunflower (Helianthus annuuscultivars) evaluation trials which took place at The National Cut Flower Centre, as well as information on: propagation, growing conditions, and pest and disease control. 

22 May 2018

A summary of recent research projects on health, welfare and nutrition and on soils, forge and grassland completed following two five-year research partnerships with leading universities and research institutes.

10 August 2018

An overview of our dairy carcase index and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

22 May 2018

An overview of our somatic cell count and mastitis indexes and how they can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

23 May 2018

Too often the day-to-day grind of running a sheep flock means producers overlook potential options to earn extra money or improve their quality of life. This manual aims to help producers free up time to expand their flock, focus on alternative enterprises or develop other interests

13 August 2018

Creep feeding is feeding a solid diet to piglets while they are suckling, preparing their digestive system for weaning. Creep feed initiates gut enzyme development, enabling the piglet to digest nutrients and encouraging feed intake, one of the greatest challenges to post-weaning performance.

22 May 2018

A pad to record body condition scores and should be used in conjunction with the corresponding factsheet.

23 May 2018

Cereal straw - use, incorporate or sell? The 1993 ban on burning straw led to a considerable increase in the area of cereal straw which is baled. In recent years, over 60% of wheat and more than 90% of barley straw is estimated to have been baled.

10 August 2018

Grass is the most important, yet often overlooked, resource for livestock production. Well-managed grassland provides the most economic feed all year round, either as grazing or conserved forage. This manual provides beef and sheep producers with advice on how to get the best from their grassland

9 August 2018

A series of factsheets about rearing healthy calves including guidance about colostrum management, thermal comfort, feed intake and monitoring growth rates.

23 May 2018

This publication presents a diversification scheme for varieties using results from the UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS).

23 May 2018

Saddle gall midge is a sporadic pest, which usually persists at low population levels. Yield loss can be caused by constricted vascular supply to the ears as a result of larval feeding and by lodging of gall-weakened stems in high winds.

9 August 2018

This market analysis will provide levy payers with an invaluable top-line estimate of the performance of red meat in the out-of-home (OOH) food market

16 July 2018

This factsheet describes the symptoms of downy mildew and how it spreads in rhubarb plantations. It provides guidance on disease avoidance and summarises both cultural and chemical control measures.

22 May 2018

A factsheet about the two methods commonly used to test colostrum and how to interpret results.

23 May 2018

Ewe fertility is one of the main drivers underlying the output of a sheep flock. Optimising fertility increases the number of lambs scanned and born, which in turn drives flock profitability. Following the advice in this manual can help sheep producers set and achieve flock targets

23 May 2018

This short factsheet introduces you to the world of earthworms beneath our soil and how they can help as 'nature's plough'.

23 May 2018

Most buyers of oilseed rape in the UK pay an oil premium of 1.5% for every 1% of oil content above 40%. A similar deduction is made for loads below 40%.

30 July 2018

EuroDairy webinar - Arla’s experience with carbon assessments on Dairy farms

23 May 2018

RB209 provides essential nutrient management guidance. These guidelines provide more detail on N, the most important nutrient on the most extensive UK crop, wheat.

13 August 2018

The AHDB Recommended Lists (RL) provide information on yield and quality performance, agronomic features and market options to assist with variety selection. The pocketbook format is particularly useful for taking to summer variety trials.

10 August 2018

A practical guide about drying off along with a pictorial protocol on clean infusion technique at dry-off.

23 May 2018

Download the all new look The Grower magazine. Features in this issue include how growers can attract beneficial hoverflies and could biopesticides be the answer to successfully managing pests, diseases and weeds? 

13 August 2018

Inseminating at the right time is essential to achieve the best farrowing rates and litter sizes. Follow the guidelines below to ensure good timing, successful insemination and improved reproductive performance. Know your herd, keep records, understand the process

22 May 2018

An overview of our lifespan genetic trait and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

13 August 2018

Gilts arriving on outdoor units may have come from indoor systems. Environment change can create problems during the acclimatisation period. Incoming gilts should be managed well and isolated for at least four weeks to avoid a health breakdown.

23 May 2018

White and red clovers provide a good source of protein in ruminant diets, both when grazed or conserved, and have high intake characteristics.This manual outlines the advantages of including clovers in the farming system and the management needed to optimise their contribution to the farm business

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

22 May 2018

A guide to cubicle design, bedding, numbers required and layout.

13 August 2018

Poor feed and straw quality can present a risk to the physical performance of breeding and finishing herds. Reducing the risk of Mycotoxins in straw is key. There is much research on mycotoxins and their effect on animal health however, little is known about their chronic effects at low levels.

20 July 2018

In this report, we examine trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners for dairy products and how relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU.

22 May 2018

This booklet includes information on our research programme as well as related products and services to to ensure have access to the most up to date advice possible.

23 May 2018

This factsheet outlines the threat posed by the spotted wing drosophila to the soft and stone fruit industries in the UK and offers guidance to growers on how best to monitor, manage and control it.

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 4 Arable crops

3 August 2018

Heat stress must be avoided in order to prevent unnecessary suffering and reduced productivity in indoor herds

8 August 2018

What to look out for and how to handle your cattle during extreme weather events such as droughts and heat waves

10 August 2018

Farmers and growers often want to maintain or enhance soil organic matter (SOM) content as this can have a range of benefits for soil health. Given that applying bulky organic matter has a financial cost, it is important to understand the merits of using different organic materials.

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Apple has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process.

10 August 2018

The pocketbook contains details about the size and structure of the industry, plus data on Pig numbers, abattoirs, slaughterings, livestock and meat prices, imports and exports, consumption, feed prices and classification

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

10 August 2018

This guide outlines the basic principles of field drainage, including information on installation and maintenance. It also emphasises the importance of good soil structure and includes information on subsoiling.

22 May 2018

A score card explaining why it is important to review the herd's cleanliness together with pictorial examples.

23 May 2018

Grain moisture content is critical from harvest, through storage, to final sale of cereals and oilseeds.

23 May 2018

Relying solely on herbicides for control of black-grass is not sustainable in the long term because of increasing resistance. This publication provides information on non-chemical control.

13 August 2018

Lifetime productivity is not related to backfat alone, but overall fitness. Body mass is important, gilts should be fed a diet that creates both fat and lean meat deposition. Where gilts have a high growth rate, or problems have been an issue, feed intake should be restricted to 80–90% of appetite

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 6 Vegetables and bulbs

23 May 2018

This factsheet provides growers with the results of alstroemerias (Alstroemeriahybrids) evaluation trials which took place at The National Cut Flower Centre, as well as information on: scheduling and production systems, growing conditions, nutrition and pest and disease control. 

23 May 2018

Verticillium wilt was found in an average of 16% of crops in harvest years 2009–2011. It was most prevalent in eastern England. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.

22 May 2018

A leaflet about scoring a herd for swellings, along with pictorial examples. 

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

13 August 2018

Biosecurity; measures taken to limit spread of diseases within farm and from one farm to another, or from outside. Reducing spread of disease helps to maintain unit health, reduce cost of disease and maintain productivity. It should be part of every unit’s disease risk management programme.

30 July 2018

Webinar: Guide to the common gut and lung parasites of cattle

3 August 2018

To maximise their financial returns, beef producers need to produce and sell the type of finished cattle markets want. This manual gives an overview of the key elements to focus on to produce cattle that meet the needs of the target market as cost-effectively as possible

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

23 May 2018

Improving lamb performance and reducing losses is key to profitable sheep farming. Producers are often surprised to find out how many lambs they do lose. This manual equips producers with the tools to discover when and why losses occur, and helps them maximise their lamb output

10 August 2018

The AHDB Wheat growth guide allows crop progress, structure and final performance to be measured and compared against a series of UK benchmarks.

13 August 2018

Improving the number of pigs born alive and piglet survival rate through to weaning has a significant impact on profitability – an increase of 1.7 pigs weaned per litter (the difference between average and top 10% performance) improves net margin by £120 per sow per annum.

22 May 2018

This factsheet explains how to ensure calves receive the energy they need to maintain growth in cold weather.

23 May 2018

This publication contains information that can be used to target pollen beetle monitoring and help determine when control is necessary.

8 August 2018

Pig Pro is a FREE online training recording system accessed through Pig Hub. It allows approved training providers to make their training available to any interested user. It enables automatic recording of training and certification confirmation at at individual user level.

23 May 2018

Good ewe nutrition is vital for successful flock performance. The feed requirements of ewes vary significantly depending on their stage of production and feeding regimes must take account of this. This manual looks at all the elements of ewe feeding and incorporates the latest thinking on this topic

23 May 2018

These guidelines aim to help the industry identify the risk factors and the appropriate agronomy which can minimise risk of mycotoxins from field infections.

10 August 2018

An overview of our lameness advantage index and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

23 May 2018

This checklist was produced by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, on behalf of the Cereals Liaison Group, to help growers avoid the most common problems associated with oilseed sales contracts.

10 August 2018

This GREATsoils case study examines the importance of effective soil assessment methods for the production of carrot crops through the experiences of producers Fresh Growers Ltd. The case study reviews the benefits of Albrecht approach to soil assessment and the impact on nutrient management.

23 May 2018

Understanding how animals react and what stimulates them helps producers improve handling facilities, making cattle handling safer and more efficient. This manual aims to improve producers' understanding of animal behaviour, helping them refine their skills and improve their facilities

22 May 2018

A leaflet providing advice about hair loss and lesion scoring for dairy herds, along with pictorial examples. 

10 August 2018

This practical guide for farmers and agronomists brings together research to allow improved weed management through a rotation dominated by autumn-sown crops. Originally published in 2010, the 2017 revision has a new look and some minor changes.

23 May 2018

This publication provides a concise overview of the use of micronutrients in cereals and oilseed rape crops, with sections on availability in UK soils, visual symptoms, factors affecting deficiencies, and analysis and treatment methods.

23 May 2018

Yield losses to yellow rust can be prevented using a combination of varietal resistance and fungicides. This publication includes information about varietal diversification schemes and results from the UK Cereal Pathogen Virulence Survey (UKCPVS).

13 August 2018

Large roundworms (Ascaris suum) are endoparasites which cause milk spot liver and are the most prevalent of worms affecting pig productivity

23 May 2018

The encyclopaedia provides information on the identification, risk factors, life cycle, monitoring, control thresholds, non-chemical control and insecticide resistance (where known) of major and minor pests commonly associated with cropping systems.

23 May 2018

This factsheet describes the symptoms and life cycle of strawberry powdery mildew and how it becomes established and spreads through crops grown under protection. It also provides guidance on management strategies to minimise the risk of damaging epidemics developing. 

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

6 August 2018

This report explores key areas in which young consumers’ habits differ from the rest of the population and considers what challenges and opportunities this may pose for the food and agriculture industries.

22 May 2018

A report analysing dairy business performance including costs, milk prices and margins as well as GB cost of production against other countries worldwide and productivity compared with European farms.

9 August 2018

Pig Pro is a FREE online training recording system accessed through Pig Hub. It allows business users to record details of staff training and development and provides easy access to evidence for assurance schemes.

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Cut Flowers has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

23 May 2018

Information from the wheat bulb fly survey is published every year in September to aid decision-making on seed treatments. Incidence generally increases following a wet harvest period and is lowest after a hot, dry summer.

23 May 2018

This poster shows the more common of over 50 insect and mites species that may occur in grain stores. Correct identification is important.

10 August 2018

Asparagus growers, worked with Cranfield University to install grassed waterways to reduce runoff from fields. This enabled land that was not formally capable of supporting asparagus to be used. Grassed waterways do not prevent soil erosion across the whole field area they maintain the soil in the field.

9 August 2018

An overview of our calf survival index and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

23 May 2018

The herbicide glyphosate has been commercially available for 40 years. It is one of the most frequently used herbicides in the UK in all crop production systems, including annual and perennial crops and non-cropped areas.

23 May 2018

Clubroot is an increasing problem in oilseed rape and is worse in acidic soils. Resistant varieties offer good control, but over-reliance on resistant varieties in short rotations should be avoided.

22 May 2018

The pig building ventilation guide aims to help producers provide optimum indoor living conditions for pigs, thereby improving health, welfare and production efficiency, through a better understanding of the principles of ventilation and types of system available

23 May 2018

Oilseed rape seedlings are weak and susceptible to poor seedbed conditions, weather and early growing conditions. Many growers have settled on establishment methods that suit their farms.

23 May 2018

Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) is one of the most economically important tomato diseases in the UK. This factsheet provides new results on strains present in UK crops, PepMV symptoms, survival of the virus in roots and composted tomato waste, potential locations of contamination after an outbreak and occurrence of the virus in water.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of common pests in Brassica crops including emerging and minor pests.

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

22 May 2018

A guide to ventilation for dairy cows buildings covering outlet and inlet ventilation and roof designs.

23 May 2018

An integrated approach to slug control using several different techniques is more successful than relying solely on molluscicide pellets. This publication covers cereals, oilseeds, potatoes and horticulture.

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

23 May 2018

The Ornamentals Review summarises the research AHDB are funding on behalf of growers of ornamental crops. Features include: Pest, weed and disease control. Growing media and soils. Crop management: Nutrition, lighting, robotics, energy efficiency and production techniques

22 May 2018

eMB-Pigs is an electronic medicine book. It's a safe and convenient way to record usage so producers can understand and optimise their antibiotic use. eMB is a Red Tractor assurance scheme requirement. Annual, aggregated records of antibiotic use must be kept, including antibiotics in feed

23 May 2018

A cover crop is a non-cash crop grown primarily for the purpose of ‘protecting or improving’ between periods of regular crop production.

16 July 2018

This pocket guide is primarily an aid to weed seedling identification to help growers choose the right cultural or herbicidal control method.

22 May 2018

African Swine Fever affects pigs and has a devastating impact on productivity and the ability of a country to sell pork. Biosecurity is the first line of defence against disease. Biosecurity applies on the farm and when travelling, particularly to and from areas where ASF has been confirmed

16 July 2018

Conductivity is a useful measurement of total salt content of a soilless substrate and provides growers with an indication of the strength of feed solution within a container grown crop. This factsheet explains what conductivity is and how best to measure and manage it.

16 July 2018

This 'Plain English' glossary defines most precision farming terms in an accessible 'A-Z' format.

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 7 Fruit, vines and hops

23 May 2018

Weed control in oats is difficult because there is a limited range of herbicides available. In organic oats, there are three key methods of management: control during the ley phase of the rotation, stale seedbeds and mechanical weeding in the crop.

9 August 2018

This market analysis will provide levy payers with an invaluable top-line estimate of the performance of red meat in the out-of-home (OOH) food market

22 May 2018

Warning leaflet for farm staff. Contaminating seed potatoes with glyphosate, even at very low levels, can lead to poor performance of seed potatoes. Use this leaflet to advise staff of the importance of safe application when near seed potatoes

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

23 May 2018

Lameness presents a serious cost to the sheep industry. It may not be possible to eradicate lameness entirely, but producers who understand the condition can reduce the impact of lame animals. This manual describes the different diseases that cause lameness and outlines a plan to tackle them

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Bush Fruit has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

This publication details various control measures to reduce the risk from ergot in cereal crops. There is currently no EU legislation for maximum levels of ergot alkaloids but discussions in EFSA may result in future legislative limits.

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 2 introduces information on using organic materials like livestock manures, with advice on taking samples.

22 May 2018

This factsheet outlines the key areas to consider when purchasing calf jackets as well as guidance about their effective use.

9 August 2018

In this report, we examine trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners for cereals and oilseeds and how relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU.

23 May 2018

This publication by the Fungicide Resistance Action Group incorporates the many developments that have occurred in recent years, in particular, fungicides representing a number of new groups have been registered.

3 August 2018

Pigs kept outdoors are particularly vulnerable to radiant heat gain and it is important that they have access to shade in sunny weather. There are a number of ways in which producers can minimise heat stress

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

23 May 2018

Driving feed efficiency is crucial in all beef growing and finishing systems. This manual explains the different feed requirements of the growing and finishing stages of an animal’s life, providing valuable guidance on rationing for these separate phases

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

31 July 2018

The AHDB and HCC-funded Beef Carcase Traits project uses data derived from the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS), abattoirs and breed societies to produce EBVs for traits of economic importance to commercial beef producers.

13 August 2018

Some of the alternative bedding materials mentioned here can be used in conjunction with traditional cereal straw, either to replace it or offset the increased cost and allow straw-bedding supplies to go further

23 May 2018

This barley disease management guide brings together the latest information on controlling economically important barley diseases.

6 August 2018

This report explores key areas in which young consumers’ habits differ from the rest of the population and considers what challenges and opportunities this may pose for the food and agriculture industries.

23 May 2018

The starch, energy and intake characteristics of maize silage, together with its high dry matter yield potential, make it a good feed for beef cattle and sheep. This BRP manual includes information on growing and feeding maize and will help producers make the most of this potentially valuable crop

23 May 2018

Optimising fertility is critical to the success of any suckler herd, with nutrition, health and genetics all playing a part. This manual explains how produces can use the available tools to increase cow output, and how appropriate feeding, breeding and health management can all contribute

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

10 August 2018

Vine weevil remains a major pest of soft fruit crops. This factsheet gives practical information on the biology and control of vine weevil in soft fruit crops, drawing on results from research funded by AHDB Horticulture and others.

23 May 2018

No-till means sowing directly into the residues of the previous crop without any prior topsoil loosening. The objective is to reduce production costs while maintaining or increasing yields with possible added environmental benefits.

23 May 2018

Many external parasites that infest UK sheep flocks can hardly be seen with the naked eye, yet their effects on animal health, welfare and profit can be significant. This manual aims to help farmers to identify sheep parasites and provides information on how to implement effective control strategies

10 August 2018

An overview of our maintenance index, it's calculation and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

23 May 2018

Free-living nematodes (FLN) are microscopic soil-borne organisms that can cause significant crop damage by feeding on plant roots, leading to reduced yields and quality. This factsheet offers recommendations to growers on how to manage FLN. 

16 July 2018

Water is key for health, welfare and productivity. Sampling water may be an assurance scheme requirement. You may also wish to test minerals, flow rate and temperature to assess quality and quantity of a new supply or to investigate issues such as poor water intake or blocked pipes and filters

23 May 2018

Septoria tritici is the most important wheat disease in the UK. Azole fungicides are currently the primary control method and anti-resistance strategies need to be applied to preserve and extend the useful life of these active ingredients.

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

23 May 2018

These guidelines describe how lodging resistance (or standing power) in winter wheat is altered by the environment and crop management.

13 August 2018

Piglets need warmth after birth as energy reserves to produce body heat are limited. They are also born with no immunity so need colostrum soon after birth a min 100ml per kg of birthweight within 16 hours is crucial to provide the energy, nutrients and antibodies to survive

13 August 2018

Simple tool with four quick steps to assess soil structure

23 May 2018

Use this factsheet or the online tool at cereals.ahdb.org.uk/mycotoxins to assess the risk of fusarium mycotoxins and record the score on the grain passport.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of typical nutrient deficiencies in Brassica crops.

23 May 2018

Take-all is a serious soil-borne disease of cereals. It is estimated that half of UK wheat crops are affected and that they suffer average yield losses of 5 to 20%. This publication provides an overview of the disease and management options.

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for UK Alliums has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

On all farms sheep have to be moved and handled several times during the year, which can compromise performance if managed badly. This manual gives an insight into a range of sheep behaviours and explains how a system can be designed and operated to handle sheep calmly, safely and efficiently

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

22 May 2018

A factsheet explaing how to calculate the dry matter of silage.

22 May 2018

A blank form for farmers to record the mobility scores of their herd.

3 August 2018

With most of the country recently experiencing dry and warm conditions, it’s important that beef and lamb farmers consider the affect heat can have on their livestock. We’ve pulled together our top tips for cattle and sheep to prevent heat stress.

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

23 May 2018

This factsheet summarises knowledge of celery leaf spot and describes current best-practice guidelines for its management, considering all aspects of production from seed health through to harvest.

30 July 2018

A webinar to demonstrate the electronic medicines book

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

31 July 2018

This wheat disease management guide brings together the latest information on controlling economically important wheat diseases.

13 August 2018

Achieving successful isolation, acclimatisation and integration of incoming gilts is the first stage of any good gilt replacement plan. Maintaining the health status ensures productivity so it's important to know the disease profile of incoming stock and the receiving herd

23 May 2018

This poster looks into the effects of defects and impurities on wheat and barley in storage. It displays causes, results and examples of physical damage, disease, pests, screenings and weed seeds.

13 August 2018

Understanding /meeting the contract specification and increasing the uniformity of finished pigs will help improve financial returns. This factsheet will help you review your contract, taking into account your location, pig production system and current grading.

13 August 2018

Short pocketbook with simple steps to assess soil structure

2 August 2018

To achieve a sustainable business, beef and sheep producers need an understanding of the physical and financial performance of their business. This manual gives an overview of the key information to gather and how to interpret it

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

6 August 2018

This report explores key areas in which young consumers’ habits differ from the rest of the population and considers what challenges and opportunities this may pose for the food and agriculture industries.

13 August 2018

When performance problems are being look at, water supply is often overlooked. It's essential for nearly all body functions. Dehydration can result in reduced feed intake, lower daily gain and feed conversion, reduced milk production and lower weaning weights.

20 July 2018

In this report, we examine trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners for horticultural products and how relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU.

13 August 2018

The Yearbook provides updates on the work undertaken by AHDB during the previous year. Teams from knowledge exchange, research & innovations, health & welfare, consumer marketing, exports, market intelligence, consumber insight and the pork strategy director all share details of progess on projects

16 July 2018

Fruit affected by spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is unmarketable and must be disposed of as waste during and after the harvest operation. Inadequate disposal perpetuates populations of SWD in soft and stone fruit crops. This factsheet shows the best practices to follow when disposing of this waste.

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

23 May 2018

The first ever fresh produce good hygiene practice guide has been launched to support producers of watercress grown in flowing water, with practical advice on how to comply with food hygiene legislation and related requirements. 

13 August 2018

Killing-out percentage (KO%) determines how much saleable carcase weight is obtained from the live pig. The most valuable part of the pig is the meat ontained in the carcase. Producers are paid on the weight of the carcase and an assessment of its leanness, rather than the weight of the live animal.

10 August 2018

Our latest advice on common scab control, information on varietal resistance to the disease. The timing of first irrigation based on varieties and soil type. Improve marketable yield, Maximise quality and reduce defects, Increase water use efficiency, Reduce nutrient, soil and water loss

23 May 2018

Internal parasites pose a significant threat to animal health and performance, however chemical treatments can lead to resistance developing in worm populations. The guidelines in this manual enable producers to maintain good worm control, while preserving the activity of wormers for future use

23 May 2018

There are five species of brome grasses that grow as arable weeds in the UK, belonging to two different groups. As different control measures apply to each group, identification is important.

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

22 May 2018

Advice about calf housing, automatic calf feeders, building drainage, ventilation, bedding materials and cubicle design.

23 May 2018

This checklist was produced by AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, on behalf of the Cereals Liaison Group, to help growers avoid the most common problems associated with cereals sales contracts.

23 May 2018

The Brassica Crop Walkers' Guide is aimed at assisting growers, agronomists and their staff in the vital task of monitoring crops. It is designed for use in the field to help with accurate identification of pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies and disorders within a crop.

13 August 2018

Short pocketbook with simple steps to assess soil structure

10 August 2018

Maintaining optimum soil pH values in all parts of the field is essential in order to maintain soil quality and health, crop quality and yield. This guidance document explains why soil pH is important and outlines the impact of soil type and texture on pH.

23 May 2018

Grass is an important crop and grazed grass is the cheapest feed on farm, yet it rarely earns the respect it deserves as a potentially high-quality, natural ruminant feed. This manual will help producers develop new, more efficient grazing strategies to improve returns for their business

13 August 2018

Tools, market insight and farmer views on dealing with the heat wave and resulting drought

22 May 2018

A factsheet about our £PLI breeding index, designed for UK autumn block and all year round calving herds, explaining what £PLI is, how it is calculated, when to use it and the weighting between a range of production and health traits.

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

22 May 2018

The 'Don’t bring it home!' poster is aimed at workers in the pig industry and those involved with moving pigs. It warns that diseases such as African Swine Fever (ASF) can be carried in pigmeat, which is harmful if fed to pigs

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

20 July 2018

In this report, we examine trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners for potatoes and how relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU.

23 May 2018

This guide provides an introduction to carbon footprinting, explaining what information is used to calculate one and what can be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

3 August 2018

Potato storage is a key element of modern-day potato production, looking to fulfil the demands of many markets. It can be practised successfully but it must also be acknowledged that storage poses a risk. Its success depends on how well that risk is managed and, ultimately, whether the customer for the crop in question is delivered the quality for which they are prepared to pay.

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

13 August 2018

It is important to keep the cost of producing piglets to a minimum to enable you to maximise profitability at sale. Knowing how your breeding herd performs helps you to identify where and how to concentrate your time, effort and investment to improve performance and reduce the cost of production.

23 May 2018

Download the Grower magazine for Dec/Jan 2018. In this issue we ask you to think about Preparing for a Leaner Future through adopting Lean principles to help your business survive the rocky road ahead?  

13 August 2018

Sow body condition is a critical factor affecting health, welfare, productivity and longevity. Maintaining optimum condition of the breeding herd throughout the sow’s lifetime, will help reproductive performance, production efficiency, strategic culling decisions and mortality rates

22 May 2018

An overview of our fertility index and how it can be used as part of a breeding strategy.

23 May 2018

Carrot and related Apiaceous crops such as parsnip, celeriac and celery may be infested by a relatively small number of damaging pest insect species that can reduce both quality and yield. This factsheet focuses on the pest insects infesting carrot.

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

22 May 2018

Dry rot is the most important fungal rot of potatoes in Great Britain. The disease affects around 1% of tubers annually. However,its true impact on the industry is often underestimated because the disease enables Erwinia species to colonise and develop into soft rots.

13 August 2018

The lower critical temperature for neonatal piglets is approximately 34ºC. On an outdoor unit it's more difficult to achieve precise temperature control. The provision of substrates such as straw, to build a nest and provide insulation and warmth are therefore important considerations

23 May 2018

This factsheet collates recent research and current knowledge to provide growers with practical information on weed control in rhubarb plantations. Weed control in rhubarb and other perennial crops is becoming increasingly difficult with the current limited range of herbicide approvals.

22 May 2018

Known as the Interpig report, this document is created annually and examines the relative costs of pig meat production right up to farmgate level in selected countries. All these figures in this edition relate to 2016.

23 May 2018

The condition of soil on livestock farms directly influences the yield and quality of grass and forage crops, animal performance and profitability. This manual offers advice to improve management of farmland soil, in order to safeguard this basic resource to produce healthy crops and livestock

13 August 2018

Good management/selection of gilts is key to maintaining a productive herd. 20–25% of production should be from gilts. A 45%+ replacement rate means nearly half the herd will be replaced in the year. Performance from and management of this parity therefore has a large impact on overall productivity

23 May 2018

Rhynchosporium remains the main barley disease in wetter areas of the UK. Variety choice is important to minimise disease risk, but resistant varieties can show disease where specific races occur.

13 August 2018

Accurate heat detection is essential for the correct timing of insemination. However, heat is often missed or misdiagnosed because the signs are overlooked.

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for UK carrots and parsnips has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring, both in the field and in store. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

Smoulder and white mould are the most common and damaging foliar diseases affecting commercial narcissus production. Leaf scorch is the main foliar disease of Tazetta narcissus, especially on the Scilly Isles. This factsheet provides information on biology of the three diseases and guidelines for their effective management.

6 August 2018

This report explores key areas in which young consumers’ habits differ from the rest of the population and considers what challenges and opportunities this may pose for the food and agriculture industries.

13 August 2018

Ventilation systems can improve living conditions. An efficient ventilation system draws fresh air in and removes stale air along with microbes, dust, harmful gases and water vapour. Inefficient ventilation is detrimental to pig and staff performance (particularly on hot days) and costs more to run

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

6 August 2018

This report explores key areas in which young consumers’ habits differ from the rest of the population and considers what challenges and opportunities this may pose for the food and agriculture industries.

23 May 2018

Breeding ewes are key to any sheep system. However, selecting ewes for replacements or to sell is no easy task. Potential breeding stock needs to be selected to suit the specific system and the target markets for its progeny. This manual outlines the factors that could improve breeding ewe performance

16 July 2018

Densities of woodpigeons are highest in the eastern half of England, coinciding with the highest concentration of horticultural production. The woodpigeon is recognised as a major agricultural pest in the UK, this factsheet assess potential control mechanisms.

13 August 2018

Strawing up farrowing arcs correctly can help combat piglet mortality in outdoor systems by reducing heat loss

23 May 2018

Vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) remains the number one pest of container-grown hardy nursery stock. This factsheet provides information on the biology and damage caused by vine weevil adults and larvae and explains the various strategies that can be adopted to control the pest.

6 August 2018

Report on the topic of the growth of vegans, flexitarians and plant-based food.

22 May 2018

Owners and managers of outdoor herds face the challenge of good soil management to ensure efficient daily operations, health and welfare of pigs while still ensuring consequential environmental impacts from water and airborne soil erosion are minimised by good soil management

23 May 2018

These publications summarise data for the control of the major diseases of wheat and fungicide dose-response curves from independent fungicide trials.

22 May 2018

Best practice advice on growing and feeding lucerne to dairy cattle.

23 May 2018

These publications summarise data for the control of the main foliar and stem diseases of oilseed rape and the associated yield response from independent fungicide trials.

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 3 Grass and forage crops

9 August 2018

As the UK sheep industry has become more reliant on pastures grazed only by sheep, dependence on anthelmintics (wormers) has increased. This manual, produced by the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group gives an overview of how to control worms effectively and responsibly

22 May 2018

A factsheet about our £SCI breeding index, designed for UK spring block calving herds, explaining what £SCI is, how it is calculated, when to use it and the weighting between a range of production and health traits.

22 May 2018

A step by step pictoral guide about the who, how and why of mobility scoring. 

22 May 2018

Outdoor pig producers can produce a Soil Management Plan (SMP) for their land where they keep pigs. This demonstrates good practice and avoids problems associated with soil erosion which can result in pollution or other negative impacts putting agricultural subsidy payments in jeopardy

22 May 2018

Slugs are most damaging at the early stages of tuber bulking. An integrated approach to slug control using several different techniques is more successful than relying solely on molluscicide pellets.

23 May 2018

This publication provides an easy reference to the major broad-leaved and grass weeds in the UK, including how to identify and manage them.

23 May 2018

This factsheet provides results of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) response experiments on sweetcorn (Zea mays L. var. rugosa) from work undertaken in AHDB Horticulture project FV 409, which was carried out during 2013 and 2014, to improve understanding of sweetcorn responses to N and P.

22 May 2018

Good water is key for health and good production. This report by RAFT solutions summarises technical and practical information on principles and practice based on international standards and published science, coupled with practical experience and knowledge from UK pig production

13 July 2018

This factsheet provides information concerning heuchera rust, its probable life cycle, typical plant symptoms and appropriate cultural and chemical control guidelines based on that known for other rust diseases.

13 August 2018

At weaning, piglets experience multiple challenges: stress of leaving the sow, mixing with other pigs, establishing a new 'pecking order', new environment, change of diet and a health challenge. Daily liveweight gain, which can be 300g/day prior to weaning can be reduced to 200g/day

23 May 2018

Replacement heifers contribute to the new genetic make-up, cost structure and productivity of the suckler herd. This manual provides advice on sourcing, selecting and managing replacement heifers so they can become productive members of the breeding herd

9 August 2018

This publication covers all the main areas associated with the growth of this crop – from understanding the market, to its agronomic, harvest and storage requirements. The guide also signposts to a wide range of further reference sources.

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

10 August 2018

Water is key for health, welfare and productivity. Sampling water may be an assurance scheme requirement. You may also wish to test minerals, flow rate and temperature to assess quality and quantity of a new supply or to investigate issues such as poor water intake or blocked pipes and filters

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

6 August 2018

This report examines health from the consumer’s perspective and picks out the challenges and opportunities in meeting the needs of the modern consumer. It is the first in a series of ‘focus on’ reports the team is producing.

23 May 2018

Wheat blossom midge larvae feed on the developing seeds, causing small, shrivelled grains with poor germination. Damage to the outer layer of the grain allows water to enter, resulting in sprouting in the ear and fungal attack.

13 August 2018

Simple tool with four quick steps to assess soil structure

23 May 2018

The ‘Ramularia leaf spot in barley’ factsheet includes information on the life cycle of ramularia and control options. A more detailed accompanying guide allows ramularia symptoms to be identified and severity scored.

22 May 2018

An overview of our TB Advantage genetic index and how it can used as part of a breeding strategy.

22 May 2018

Black dot is among the most important blemish diseases in the packing industry in Great Britain. The continued pressure to improve quality specifications, along with limited land resources and the use of irrigation, increase the need to adopt an integrated approach to manage the risk of black dot.

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

23 May 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Protected Edibles has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

6 August 2018

Report on the topic of the growth of vegans, flexitarians and plant-based food.

13 August 2018

Colostrum is produced following farrowing. It contains essential antibodies (immunoglobulins) for the health of the newborn piglet; antibodies kill bacteria and viruses. Piglets are born with very few protecting antibodies and rely on colostrum to defend against bacteria and viruses.

7 August 2018

Project 8: Identifying current understanding, knowledge gaps and confirming the key priority issues in understanding and management of soil biology and health

23 May 2018

Italian rye-grass is a weed of autumn-sown crops and is more competitive than black-grass.

13 August 2018

Feed makes up ~76% of variable and ~56% of total costs. It may be possible to decrease the cost by switching to a cheaper ration or purchasing in larger quantities, but it can also be achieved through simple, practical actions to minimise feed wastage and to improve the efficiency of utilisation

22 May 2018

Includes accurate, independent and transparent information on potato markets and prices. Regardless of market conditions, we can ensure that the market information we provide equips our levy payers and stakeholders with the information needed to make the best possible business decisions.

22 May 2018

A factsheet about the three Qs of feeding colostrum - quality, quantity and quickly - and on farm protocols.

8 August 2018

In this report, we examine trade flows between the UK, the EU and its other major global trading partners for pig meat products and how relationships might change after the UK leaves the EU.

22 May 2018

Soil is the farmer’s key asset. Improving your soil will provide clear benefits to your business and the environment. Understand your soil and you can reduce the risks and costs of soil damage, water run-off and erosion.

23 May 2018

Phoma stem canker is one of the most important diseases of winter oilseed rape in England. There are regional differences in the proportions of species and races in the UK phoma pathogen population.

31 July 2018

The ‘Ramularia leaf spot in barley’ factsheet includes information on the life cycle of ramularia and control options. A more detailed accompanying guide allows ramularia symptoms to be identified and severity scored.

23 May 2018

Nutrient management is often forgotten on beef and sheep farms, yet there is considerable scope to reduce costs and improve output through effective use of nutrients. This manual presents recommendations from the AHDB Nutrient Management Guide in an accessible format for producers

23 May 2018

Medicines improve the health and welfare of livestock and contribute to the provision of safe and sustainable food. However, using medicines incorrectly can contribute to antibiotic and anthelmintic resistance. This manual gives producers advice on how to use medicines correctly and responsibly

10 August 2018

The key points to consider when laying cow tracks, including location, materials, drainage and maintenance.

23 May 2018

This publication gives information on detecting and controlling mites in grain stores. Mites can infest and damage grain, they can also act as vectors for pathogens. In the UK there are at least 12 species of mite which can damage grain.

28 June 2018

Within this report, we investigate whether the EU referendum is likely to deliver a boost for domestic growers and producers on the back of improved consumer sentiment towards buying British. We look at how shopper behaviour may be impacted going forward and look to see if there is any evidence of change so far.

23 May 2018

This short factsheet is a starter's guide to what microorganisms, pathogens and pests inhabit the soil and the benefits or drawbacks of each of them.

9 August 2018

Brassica crops can provide nutritious, cost-effective feeds for beef cattle and sheep. They can increase output per hectare and can be used for out-wintering to extend the grazing season. This manual provides guidance on how to use brassicas effectively in beef and sheep systems

21 June 2018

Project 2: Selecting methods to measure soil health and soil biology and the development of a soil health scorecard

23 May 2018

A series of regional grower groups discussed different approaches to soil assessment, what methods they find useful and reasons why others are not very commonly used. They were asked to rate a list of categorised soil assessment methods, and the results are detailed in this factsheet.

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

23 May 2018

The Growing Media Review magazine provides the latest industry progress and research in the work towards helping the horticulture industry reduce its reliance on peat. This edition explores a new model to predict the performance of different growing media blends and takes a look at commercial success stories across the supply chain.

22 May 2018

An overview of building construction and design including costs, building types and adapting existing buildings.

23 May 2018

A tomato stem rot disease that appears to be caused by Phoma labilis and a Phoma species closely related to P. destructiva affected a few crops in southern England. This factsheet provides information on tomato stem rot caused by these Phoma species and compares symptoms with those of Didymella stem canker.

22 May 2018

Practical advice to pig farmers on providing suitable environmental enrichment to pigs. It provides useful information from the knowledge of farmers, researchers and scientific literature on the different ways environmental enrichment can be provided for differing types of housing and systems

22 May 2018

An overview of the requirements for dairy housing and the range of available systems.

16 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Outdoor Cucurbits has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

23 May 2018

Understanding the quality and condition of grain is crucial. Accurate sampling at each stage of the grain chain is required to develop that understanding. It should help to reduce waste and minimise charges, claims and rejections.

22 May 2018

A guide to example building layouts straw yards, two and three row cubicles systems, calf and youngstock buildings.

23 May 2018

In the absence of neonicotinoid seed treatments, control will be reliant on the use of foliar sprays of pyrethroids. Any decision to apply an insecticide must be based on a risk assessment.

22 May 2018

An overview of housing systems including cubicles and straw yards.

3 August 2018

A handy pocket guide to help manage lamness and mobility in dairy cattle. Includes the essential tools that should be in your 'hoof trimming kit', how to sharpen knives, how to block the foot and when to call the vet out to deal with problems.

9 August 2018

A paper setting out the context and brackground to Optimal Dairy Systems looking at the merits of all year round and block calving systems, the impact on the supply chain and key performance indicators.

23 May 2018

There are two main challenges for the lamb sector; the first is to maintain the production of high-quality meat and the second is to ensure sheep farming is financially viable. This manual outlines the factors to consider to achieve these aims at every stage of production, from weaning to selection

9 August 2018

Successful beef production starts with a bright and healthy calf that has been well looked after from the moment it is born. Following the advice in this manual will help ensure calves enter the next stage of their lives in the best possible condition and continue to grow to their expected targets

3 August 2018

Around half of all beef in England is a product of the dairy herd. Improving the quality of these cattle can benefit the whole beef supply chain. This manual provides important information for dairy farmers wanting to grow and finish their own calves and beef producers purchasing dairy-bred calves

13 July 2018

The AHDB Horticulture Crop Walkers’ Guide for Asparagus has been designed specifically as an aid to crop monitoring. It illustrates and describes the important pests, diseases, nutritional and physiological disorders which may be encountered during the crop production process. 

22 May 2018

Previous seed rate guides have offered recommendations simply to optimise total yield from ware production. This new guide recognises the importance of tuber size to the value of your crop. It also accounts for the effect of seed age on main-stem numbers.

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

23 May 2018

Populations of herbicide-resistant broad-leaved weeds are still uncommon in the UK but are increasing. If you suspect resistance, collect seed samples for testing.

23 May 2018

The Soft Fruit Review magazine provides the latest progress and research by AHDB in the work towards helping the fruit sector tackle key crop protection issues.

22 May 2018

A factsheet about how to body condition score dairy cattle using the Penn State assessment method with detailed descriptions and helpful illustrations.

6 August 2018

RB209 list of updates from January 2018 (for hard copy only), digital versions are up-to-date

13 August 2018

Heat stress will increase the pigs respiration rate in an attempt to keep cool. Animals will seek opportunities for cooling, ie wallowing, soiling pen and lying in urine. If the pig cannot cool itself sufficiently it will collapse and, in the worst scenario, die.

26 June 2018

Project 3: Molecular approaches for routine soil-borne disease and soil health assessment - establishing the scope

23 May 2018

Downy mildew of basil was first reported in the UK during the summer of 2010 on protected plants in the south-east of England. The aim of this factsheet is to help growers identify symptoms of the disease early and to provide options for its control.

23 May 2018

Breeding is at the heart of any beef production system. Breeding programmes need to be devised to meet the specific requirements of a herd or a market. This manual explores some of the issues to address when choosing a sire for the herd – either for AI purposes or buying a bull

6 August 2018

AHDB Nutrient Management Guide (RB209). Section 1 clarifies and sets the key principles of nutrient management and fertiliser use. In this section you will find essential information on good nutrient management and advice on understanding soil properties.

23 May 2018

The Field Vegetable Review magazine provides the latest progress and research by AHDB in the work towards helping the vegetable sector tackle key crop protection issues.

23 May 2018

Simple wall chart identification guide of common diseases in Brassica crops. The poster is designed to supplement the Brassica Crop Walkers' guide and is a useful simple reference that can be accessed quickly by all staff.

22 May 2018

An overview of The GB Dairy Cattle Welfare Strategy including priority areas and initiatives.

13 July 2018

Narcissus growers can encounter a range of problems that can impact on both the quality and yield of flowers and bulbs unless they are identified and dealt with. Often, such problems are linked to pests and diseases, but a range of physiological and cultural disorders may also be encountered.

10 August 2018

Leaf and bud nematodes, Aphelenchoides species, are common, persistent and damaging pests of a range of economically important hardy nursery stock (HNS) crops. This factsheet provides guidelines on symptom recognition, and information on the biology and management of leaf and bud nematodes in HNS.

23 May 2018

Well-designed cattle housing can make stockmanship easier, improve livestock performance and play an important part in disease management. This manual gives useful advice to beef producers who are investing in a new building or reviewing their existing housing

23 May 2018

Germinative capacity is a key quality feature of malting barley. This publication gives guidance on how to get high quality malting barley by good agronomy and storage.

21 June 2018

Project 1: Translating existing knowledge of management effects on soil biology and soil health for practitioners

23 May 2018

Managing ewes correctly throughout the year is vital for generating the highest possible output from any sheep enterprise. This manual gives an overview of the techniques and tools required to manage ewes effectively, such as body condition scoring, managing replacements and good record-keeping

23 May 2018

Using a recorded ram can have significant benefits for commercial sheep flocks. This manual gives an overview of how producers can use tools such as Estimated Breeding Valuesand Indexes to improve flock performance and in doing so maximise their returns

23 May 2018

Recent advances have been made in the knowledge of downy mildews, white blisters and species of Phytophthora that affect above ground tissue in fruit, vegetable and herb crops. This factsheet highlights information relevant to the management of aerial oomycetes and suggests areas where greater understanding is still needed.