Entries by Carrie Robbins

Coming soon: Demo units

Coming soon: Demo units for dairy sensors, grassland carbon and organic livestock In the next four years, UK demonstration units will be established as showcases for sensor technologies in the dairy sector, grassland and carbon capture, and animal health in the organic sector. They will result from a new EU project called Nefertiti, in which […]

Turning data into something useful

A set of 10 videos can be viewed to see how automated data recording and analysis can lead to quicker and better decisions on dairy farms. They have been produced by the precision livestock team at IfA in the organisation’s role as leader of the Horizon 2020 EU Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers (4D4F) […]

Earthworms deserve to be on your payroll

Earthworms should be on every farmer’s payroll, according to Des Kay, Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) officer in the east midlands. At one of 21 healthy soils workshops staged by IfA for CSF all over the country, he outlined a three-way gain from knowledge-driven farming that worked in sympathy with soil biology, not against it. “Land […]

Perceptions of the uses and efficacies of antimicrobials

Perceptions of the uses and efficacies of antimicrobials by the public, farmers and veterinary professionals Professor of medical microbiology Mark Fielder of Kingston University joined the panel at Innovation for Agriculture’s antibiotic reduction conference on the 4th July at Stoneleigh Park. Having established an active research programme in medical and veterinary microbiology at Kingston, Professor […]

Highlights from the IfA Conference

   IfA Conference: Meeting the challenge of reducing antibiotic use in food animals Highlights shared imperative to combat drug-resistant infections Some of the key factors on which reducing antibiotic use in farm animals depends are: – producing better data by which the problem is defined and progress measured; – help farmers understand and make changes […]

Antibiotics Reduction Conference Combines Ancient And Modern

The 18th century wisdom of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) is being invoked to help address the 21st century problem of antibiotic resistant infections. In modern English, “Oh would some Power give us the gift, to see ourselves as others see us” encapsulates the value of having pressure group Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics address […]

VMD To Open IfA Antibiotic Conference

HM Government strategy for reducing antibiotic use in food animals: Veterinary Medicines Directorate to open Innovation for Agriculture antibiotic conference VMD director of operations Paul Green will give the key note opening address at Innovation for Agriculture’s antibiotic reduction conference on Tuesday 4th July 2017. As policy lead to the UK government on addressing antibiotic […]

Winner of the Soil Farmer of the Year 2017 announced

Richard Suddes, a mixed farmer from Durham, and Tim Parton, an arable farmer from Staffordshire have been awarded the 2017 Soil Farmer of the Year Award as joint winners. The competition, now in its second year is organised by the Farm Carbon Cutting Toolkit (FCCT) and Innovation for Agriculture (IfA). The competition aims to find […]

Meeting The Challenge To Reduce Antibiotic Use In Food Animals

IfA Conference: Meeting The Challenge To Reduce Antibiotic Use In Food Animals Following the O’Neill report, action is needed to meet the challenge of reducing antibiotic use in food animals. There is a prediction of one human death due to antibiotic reistant infection every three seconds by 2050. Already, antibiotic resistant E.coli has been found […]