Contents tagged with productivity

18 December 2018

What are the principles of lean and how could it benefit horticulture?

21 November 2018

The UK is now facing productivity constraints that, as yet, remain unconquered. It is critical that these constraints are addressed so UK agriculture and horticulture can compete in an increasingly global market, and secure its future. This is particularly important in the context of a post-Brexit UK, and uncertainty over future levels of direct support and trade agreements. It is not only physical constraints that are facing the UK. Although predominant, most publicised factors, e.g. yield plateaus, the weather and environmental factors, there are also many contributing structural, behavioural and regulatory constraints. This publication presents the findings of a stakeholder consultation that aimed to understand the constraints considered most limiting by the industry.

21 November 2018

Tailoring the diet of a high yielding cow to maximise both health and productivity will be the focus on the next meeting of the Strategic Dairy Farm based in Lanarkshire on 4 December.

19 September 2018

An industry coalition has united to kick-start a new skills strategy with the ambition to equip the agricultural workforce for the future of farming and invites new partners to join the group.

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.

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.

13 August 2018

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

7 November 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

26 September 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