Cow brush features new start function
21 Mar 2018
Cow brush features new start function
Energy savings and greater cow comfort are on offer following an upgrade of a popular cow brush. A small brush rotation, rather than a more forceful push, will now start the SCHURR cow brush. This simplifies operation and, according to the company, allows cows to express their natural scratch- and-abrasion behaviour...
The average Ontario Heat Units accumulated during the past 10 years using a five-kilometre grid
16 Mar 2018
Tool offers greater maize selection precision
A free online tool has been launched to help producers select maize varieties that are best suited to their location and prevent problems associated with delayed maturation. Using Met Office data, LG Seeds‘ tool maps the average Ontario Heat Units (OHU) accumulated during the past 10 years using a five-kilometre grid...
BVD ear-tag testing – are your first results accurate?
16 Mar 2018
BVD ear-tag testing – are your first results accurate?
MSD Animal Health is reassuring producers who are using Bovilis BVD vaccine that it will not confuse the results of standard BVD PCR ‘tag and test’ testing. An inactivated BVD strain is used in the vaccine, which cannot be transferred from the dam to the foetus.  “When it comes to BVD control, at a practical farm...
Grass-seed mixtures with enhanced feed value launched
05 Mar 2018
Grass-seed mixtures with enhanced feed value launched
Four new options have been added to the Monarch grass seed mixture range. They have been added due to their ability to offer outstanding agronomic and yield qualities, as well as high feed values, which have been proven to increase milk and meat production. The mixtures are identified with the LGAN (LG Animal...
Electric fence post re-engineered for ease and flexibility
02 Mar 2018
Electric fence post re-engineered for ease and flexibility
The latest electric fence post from Gallagher rewrites the book on electric fencing, according to the company, bringing a new level of flexibility to permanent and temporary electric fencing systems. The Insulated Line Post is constructed from a PVC protected polyethylene exterior around a fibreglass core, which means...
Demo days scheduled for self-propelled diet feeders
01 Mar 2018
Demo days scheduled for self-propelled diet feeders
Two demonstration days will show not only the improvements in ration-mixing and efficiencies that self-propelled diets feeders have to offer, but also how a unique contract hire package makes could make them economically feasible for just 250 cows OPICO is hosting the days for the Strautmann range of self-propelled...
Teat dip-spray for robots launched at Dairy-Tech
20 Feb 2018
Teat dip-spray for robots launched at Dairy-Tech
A teat spray and dip, formulate to help manage the wear and tear of multiple daily milkings, has been launched by Envirosystems. Designed originally for use in robotic milking systems, but suitable for all parlour set ups, EnviroCare Unique can be used both pre- and post-milking. Unique to the UK, it contains a human...
Robotic feed pusher uses ‘invisible’ transponder technology
20 Feb 2018
Robotic feed pusher uses ‘invisible’ transponder technology
A robotic feed pusher – the Joz Moov – has been launched into the UK by Stamford Agricultural Services. The Moov’s path is determined by tiny transponders that are sunk into the ground, ensuring that the machine stays in line to move rations up to the barrier. This ensures that cows have access to feed at all times....
Dam ‘well being’ and calf-rearing protocols impact on cow productivity
12 Feb 2018
Dam ‘well being’ and calf-rearing protocols impact on cow productivity
The productivity of adult cows depends, in part, on the well-being of their dam and calf-rearing protocols. So said Cargill’s calf and heifer specialist Bianca Theeruth, speaking at February’s Dairy-Tech event. She told producers that the management of the dam could have a bearing on her calf, well beyond the post-...
Calf milk replacer range launched at Dairy-Tech
12 Feb 2018
Calf milk replacer range launched at Dairy-Tech
Dairy-Tech 2018 saw Volac unveil a range of calf milk replacers that have been performance-formulated to give dairy calves the best possible start in life. The company says that its Lifeguard milk formula range has been specifically designed to meet the rapidly evolving demands of modern calf rearers. Concentrated...