Women are said to be the future of agriculture as more and more men move away to find jobs in cities. Yet rural women have pitiful land rights and unequal access to water and technology. For the International Day of Rural Women, Salamatu Garba tells SciDev.Net how the Women Farmers Advancement Network is helping rural women in northern Nigeria to become less dependent on outside help.
Large scale dairy farmers in need of a solution - Case Study
Alsafi Danone is one of the largest integrated dairy farms in the world. Controlling fallen stock and bio-security is critical to the upkeep of a healthy productive herd.Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaClient overviewAlsafi Danone, are the largest integrated dairy farm in the world. They first opened in 1979 and have has since expanded to a herd of over 37,000 cows who produce 700, 000 litres of milk every day. They are widely recognised as one of the leading, high-quality dairy producer and has been rewarded with an ISO...
Animal welfare is the farmer`s profit - Case Study
Hans Liniger from Bernischen Lanzenhäusern in Switzerland has been a farm construction consultant for pig farmers for 35 years. Experience tells him even the smallest mistake in the planning process can have a significant negative impact on the welfare of the pigs. Healthy pigs thrive–It is essential that the pigs feel well. If they do, the pigs will keep the pen clean. Consequently, the pigs will stay healthy. Healthy pigs thrive and fulfil their genetic potential states Hans Liniger. My main...
Beef Farmer Spring 2017 `Trace elements are key to growth rates`
Iodine has a direct impact on growth rates as it is incorporated into the thyroid hormones which control metabolism, promoting efficient live weight gain. Annie Williams, Animal Scientist with Agrimin says that many beef units fall short on achieving optimum growth rates because animals do not receive adequate levels of trace elements at grass.She says that with increased feed costs, many producers will be looking to get increased production from forage and that unless shortfalls in trace element supply from...
Farmers and Ranchers Ready for Action in 2017
If ever there was a time for farmers and ranchers across America to get outside our fencerows, 2017 is it. Many of agriculture’s major policy issues are in the headlines every day. It’s time to engage. We are encouraged by the quick attention Congress and the administration are giving to issues like regulatory reform and federal land management. Farmers breathed a collective sigh of relief with President Trump’s executive order to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. rule and with congressional...
Stevens Water and US Farm Bill Helps Farmers Optimize Crop Irrigation & Fertilization
Agriculture is a major element for survival of the human race and of the economic system. 42 percent of the world’s laborers are employed in agriculture, making it by far the most common occupation. With agriculture using approximately 60 percent of available freshwater withdrawals, concerns continue to grow over farmers implementing water conservation practices. Increasing contamination of waterways and wetlands by nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus are other concerns being directed towards farmers....