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June 20, 2017

Gatley Farms event brings local focus on agronomy and livestock solutions

Local farmers considering their cropping plans for the 2018 harvest should ensure they have the 26th June highlighted in their calendars.

This is the date for our annual iFarm event at Gatley Farms near Leominster, in conjunction with Mr Stuart Hutchings and it’s a prime opportunity to see comparisons between established and new wheat and rape varieties and discuss growing programmes and market options with Agrii and Glencore specialists.

Paul Doyle, local Agrii agronomy team manager, believes that the 2017/18 growing season poses some real challenges when it comes to arable farming;

“Our customers are facing some big issues on farm over the next few years, with the loss of key crop protection chemistry, growing resistance problems and the big unknown of the looming Brexit negotiations. Whilst none of us have all the answers at this point, we have a good understanding of the best cropping and agronomic solutions for next season and our iFarm day on the 26th June is an opportunity for local growers to firm up their plans”.

“It will be a combination of technical and business discussion and a social catch-up with neighbouring farmers over the usual hog roast hospitality”

Reinforcing the importance of quality local data, Mr Doyle added “What is becoming clear from our trials work is that agronomic issues and opportunities should not be viewed in isolation. All of the different yield affecting factors and the strategies used to control or mitigate them, should be regarded as part of an integrated approach to managing your crops from start to finish”.  

“Using a combination of trials guidance, the correct variety, local interpretation, effective planning, accurate timings and application and clever products can help you stay ahead of the game”.

New for this year at the iFarm event will be a forage and livestock focus, with demonstrations and talks throughout the day.

Agrimin, world leaders in bolus technology, animal health and micro-nutrition, will be demonstrating the value of sheep and lamb boluses, with animals and equipment kindly provided by Gatley Farms.

Also present on the day, animal health company Zoetis will be highlighting worming of cattle and sheep with regards to resistance problems. Farmers who have experienced worming issues will be able to take samples to Agrii’s Ludlow office in advance of the event for FEC (Foecal Egg Count) assessments and receive results on the day.

Agrii Ludlow livestock expert David Pryce believes that the extended programme will add value for attendees;

“There will be static exhibits, including Rumenco, Elanco, Net-Tex and Shine, plus demonstrations of sheep handling equipment. And an optional tour of grass trial plots will provide an insight into some of the latest agronomic thinking with regards to forage production”.

“It will be an informative and enjoyable day and we look forward to welcoming our local farmers”, he concludes.

The Gatley iFarm day will be held on the 26th June at Gatley Farms with tours and demonstrations running from 10am to 2.30pm. If you would like more information, please contact David Pryce at Agrii’s Ludlow depot on 01584 872134 or email