Change can fuel profits and save thousands - ON-Farm 2016 verdict
Farm businesses in Wales are losing thousands of pounds each year by failing to make simple yet highly effective changes on-farm, leading researchers told an industry audience at HCC’s inaugural ON-Farm 2016 event in Carmarthen.
Contributors presented a wide range of animal health, environmental and genetic tips from a bedrock of research within HCC’s portfolio that, if implemented on-farm, could save thousands of pounds in unnecessary expenditure that many farms in Wales are currently paying out.
Farmers from across the south west of Wales attended ON-Farm 2016 at Gelli Aur college farm, the first of a new menu of “hands-on” grassroots events designed to encourage the widest take-up of on-farm efficiencies and share and further innovations developed from Wales’ leading agricultural research programme.
Throughout the year specialist sessions at regional and national level will be held to impart key findings from the wide-ranging body of research undertaken annually under HCC’s umbrella to impart to Welsh farmers a palate of practical innovations to encourage profitable production.
“HCC operates a portfolio of research projects with a set of highly distinguished industry partners in Wales and across the UK that covers vital areas of supply chain activity from impacts of climate change to animal health and welfare and new technical discoveries and benefits,” said Dr Julie Finch, HCC’s Corporate Strategy and Policy Manager.
ON-Farm 2016 contributors at Gelli Aur included Professor Diana Williams and Joe Angell, of the University of Liverpool, Dr Prysor Williams of Bangor University and Dewi Jones of Innovis Ltd.
Here are their tips…
Joe Angell, Liverpool University
Contagious Ovine Digital Dermatitis (CODD) is a disease that affects up to a third of the Welsh flock and yet can be easily combatted.
Professor Diana Williams, Liverpool University
Snails transmit liver fluke, where possible, reduce snail habitats, for instance:
“Unmanaged parasites can cost up to £160 per infected animal and this year’s mild and very wet winter has extended the high-risk-period for liver fluke,” said Dr. Finch.
Dr Prysor Williams, Bangor University
Improving technical efficiency can also mitigate factors that affect climate change. Practical and cost-effective, some potential measures include:
Dewi Jones, CEO Innovis
Byusing genetics to impact on economic performance, farmers can dramatically improve their animals with the consumer marketplace in mind.
“The event was a great success and it was pleasing that we attracted both agricultural and veterinary students to the special afternoon session. As ON-Farm 2016 gains momentum, we will be calling on HCC’s team of exemplar farmers and scholars with specialist skills and experiences that link research with sustainable production,” said Dr. Finch.Back to news listing