Common rush infestation is mainly a problem in permanent pastures and rough grazings on poorly drained soils in high rainfall areas. Once established, rush plants can impede soil drainage and reduce sward productivity. This publication looks at how to manage and control the common rush
Water is a limited resource and water use in agriculture is a global concern. A significant quantity of water is used to produce each kilo of meat, however farmers can help minimise this water footprint by reducing water use on farm. This document looks at the factors farmers should consider
Improving existing cattle buildings, or designing new builds to best standards, has a lasting and positive impact on animal health and productivity. This publication looks at the factors to bear in mind when farmers are considering cattle housing design
Targeted at managers of arable-based systems who are thinking about livestock opportunities for the first time, this guide includes sections on leys, cover crops, forage crops, maize, outdoor pig production and manures.
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
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