26 Nov 2020
Mineral range formulated for alkalised rations
A range of bespoke mineral supplements, which has been formulated to complement alkalised ruminant rations including Alkagrain or Alkalage, has been launched by FiveF Alka. The in-feed Alkaboost minerals contain additional sulphur to help ruminants utilise the excess non protein nitrogen (NPN) produced in the rumen by...
24 Nov 2020
Optimising milk from forage requires precision feeding
Latest Trouw Nutrition GB silage watch indicators suggest that producers have an ideal opportunity to increase milk margins by applying precision feeding, according to nutritional supplement manufacturer UFAC-UK. According to Trouw, although this season’s early maize silage has analysed well, digestibility is reduced...
23 Nov 2020
Analysis is key to improving soil health
Soil testing tools that provides chemical, physical, and biological insight – offering producers a better way to monitor, manage and improve the health and fertility of their soil – have been launched by Eurofins Agro. It says that the testing will help producers and agronomists to understand soil in more detail than...
20 Nov 2020
Challenging maize harvest affects forage quality
Regular analysis of forage and fine-tuning of diets will be essential to make the most of this year’s maize silage, according to Trouw Nutrition’s Liz Homer. She says that there will be a wide variation in feed value, reflecting the growing season. “While many crops were taken early, maturing quickly in the good...
29 Sep 2020
Humane, automatic rodent trap launched
A non-toxic, automatically resetting, and humane trap offers an efficient and safe solution to the challenge of controlling rodents at a time when the use of control measures based on toxins is coming under increased scrutiny. The Goodnature A24 rat and mouse trap, available in the UK from Gallagher, is a spring...
28 Sep 2020
Selenium status key to protecting milk cheque
Producers are being urged to maximise their contract returns by continuing to produce low somatic cell count milk. And feeding protected selenium can help, according to Azelis Animal Nutrition’s Jacob Lakin. “Milk buyers penalise producers for high SCC milk, so it makes sense to continually manage and minimise this...
25 Sep 2020
Awards set to highlight efforts to tackle bTB
Producers hard work and innovative ideas to reduce the risk of a bovine TB breakdown, and the impact the disease can have on herds and farm businesses, is set to be championed with the launch of the TB Advisory Service’s awards. “Producers’ willingness to go above and beyond what’s asked of them to tackle this...
20 Sep 2020
Parallel parlour design boosts productivity
A parallel parlour that has been designed to speed up cow exit times has been launched by DeLaval. The P500 has a patented design that features independently controlled, suspended, non-overlapping sequence gates, which also lift during milking to minimise cow stress. Cow flow It is the only parallel parlour with...
18 Sep 2020
Precision feeding key to maximising forage potential
This year’s grass and wholecrop silages have the potential to support good intakes and levels of production, but will require regular analysis and careful supplementation if the full benefits are to be realised. So says Trouw Nutrition GB’s Liz Homer, after sharing the results from the UK’s largest dataset of silage...
15 Sep 2020
Royal recognition for leading dairy geneticist
A renowned researcher, who has been instrumental in driving forward the genetic development of UK dairy cattle, has been awarded the prestigious Princess Royal Award.  Professor Mike Coffey, team leader of the Animal Breeding and Genomics Team at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and head of EGENES, was presented with...