Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates

The UK’s imminent departure from the EU poses many challenges for farmers, food producers and processors. Not least amongst these is the need to ensure the continued high standards of animal welfare and meat processing so consumers can have confidence in the quality of the food in our shops. With the potential increase in riskContinue reading “Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates”

Flooding continues on the Levels

The Somerset Levels have now been under water for weeks. In fact, it is difficult to remember a time when one did not turn on the UK news to be confronted with images of villagers traveling from place to place by boat, livestock stranded on the few ‘high’ areas of farms and, more than anything,Continue reading “Flooding continues on the Levels”

Stock Deaths and the real cost to British Farmers

http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/15/04/2013/138608/farm-animal-death-toll-in-snow-rises-to-50000.htm Just read the above article which relates more widely to my previous post. The figures of stock losses are quite incredible and my heart goes out to all those who have been affected. Thankfully Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man at least have put together support packages for farmers. However, it’s my assertionContinue reading “Stock Deaths and the real cost to British Farmers”

Livestock Management: the solution to preventing desertification?

Allan Savory directs some strong words towards the scientific community in this short lecture. He raises some highly important issues and one in particular that is relevant to a theme I am trying to raise awareness of through this blog: never discount an option for the sake of it. We must sometimes think outside theContinue reading “Livestock Management: the solution to preventing desertification?”