Farming and Agriculture



Farming and Agriculture – Behind the Scenes

Agriculture is typically defined as the science or business of cultivating the soil, growing crops and rearing livestock. Farming is the skill of practising agriculture. Many of us living in towns or larger villages across the UK often forget the agricultural side of Britain that is so important to us. The purpose of agriculture is to provide planned food utilisation for its dependant societies and although growing crops and rearing livestock are fundamental to this, it is the storage of produce that makes this possible.

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of more complicated machines, farming methods took a great leap forward. Instead of harvesting grain by hand with a sharp blade, wheeled machines cut a continuous swath. Instead of threshing the grain by beating it with sticks, threshing machines separated the seeds from the heads and stalks. Driven by these changes in agrochemicals, mechanisation and government support, production rose and we now rely on these machines to produce our countries ever increasing food demands. With such reliance on these machines numerous companies have popped up across the country offering sales in all types of machinery from Tractors to Quad Bikes both new and old with models to suit any budget. There are of course mechanics with the skills and abilities to get these machines up and running again quicker than ever before to ensure that the impact of their breakdowns have as little effect on production as possible.

Currently there is a lot of investment going in to buildings as production increases and new storage spaces are needed. These include Cattle Sheds, Implements Store, Hay Barns including Big Bale stores, General Purpose Building, Sheep sheds, Garages, Grain Stores, Equestrian Buildings and Pig Buildings. Onsite Farm Shops have become very popular because in recent times more and more farmers have opened their doors or set up stalls to offer fresh, local products direct to customers. Discover here the fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cakes, preserves, and local specialities available from hundreds of farm shops, Pick-Your-Own farms, stalls at farmers’ markets, and deliveries direct to your home. What does this mean for you? It means you get the very freshest produce sold directly to you on the farm or by the producers themselves: ‘farm-direct sales’ means just that! This helps the producers by providing an income that’s not tied to the profits or whims of the supermarkets; it reinvests the money that you spend back into your local economy and the rural economy at large. It provides you with more choice and an alternative to the supermarkets, and let’s not forget the freshest, tastiest food money can buy.

So next time you’re driving through the countryside and you see a tractor harvesting the fields or a stall selling fresh foods on the markets have a think about the long hours and days that those working in our vast countryside are doing for us behind the scenes!

“Working with livestock farmers since 1968”

“Our goal is to recommend diets, based on analysis of your feeds and forages, to achieve your production goals, while promoting excellent feed efficiency, animal health and fertility”.

The dry cow in the most important animal on the farm. After three years  work on UK and Irish farms, testing our new Dry and Transition cow programme we want to introduce Fast-Start.

Lameness in Sheep.

Lameness in sheep may be due to injury, systemic illness or infections caused by organisms that have a predilection for the feet. The three most common infectious causes of lameness in sheep, in the UK, are scald, footrot and contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD).

They can all occur in the same flock and at the same time. The occurrence of one condition tends to predispose sheep to the others. As the health and integrity of the hoof and foot deteriorates, the severity of the infection, and therefore the lameness caused and decreased productivity, can progress in parallel.

Scald is typically seen as a reddening of the skin above the coronary band and interdigitally which progresses to become necrotic (the tissue dies away) the further it develops.

Footrot generally appears after scald has weakened the coronary band, thus allowing the bacterium that causes footrot (dichelobactor nodosus), to penetrate and under-run the hoof wall and colonise the foot internally. Footrot is characterised by misshapen and overgrown hoof claws, extremely lame sheep and sheep grazing on their knees to relieve pain.

A more virulent form of infectious lameness (CODD) has appeared in the UK in recent years and is believed to be caused by organisms found in digital dermatitis of cattle, namely treponeme spp. .  As the name suggests, contagious ovine digital dermatitis, is very contagious within a flock and can spread very quickly between sheep. The presence of footrot can predispose to CODD.

Kling-On-Blue footbath for sheep contains copper sulphate and zinc sulphate, an organic acid and a fixative. One 7kg bucket of Kling on Blue powder can be mixed with 120 litres of water to provide a footbath for 250 sheep. The product can be easily and readily mixed in a few minutes by agitating the footbath with a yard broom and brushing along the bottom of the bath. After standing for ten minutes, the footbath will thicken and the sheep can be walked through. Holding sheep in the bath is unnecessary. The adhesive properties enable coating of the hoof with the solution as they pass through. After walking through the footbath, sheep are left on a hard standing for 20 minutes enabling the footbath to dry as a coating. This coating process encourages penetration of the hoof by the copper sulphate and zinc sulphate for several days. Kling on Blue can be used weekly, fortnightly or whenever handling allows.

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