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...
11 Sep 2020
Take advantage of virtual show ear tag offer
A 10% discount is being offered on new runs of ear tags for dairy and beef cattle,  ordered on-line or by telephone on four key dates this autumn – dates of trade events it would normally have been attending – by Nordic Star, NMR’s specialist tag company. “NMR and Nordic Star are not attending any autumn events due to...
14 Aug 2020
Second Queen’s Award for milking system
A leading UK dairy company has been acknowledge by the Queen for a second time – on this occasion for the proficient distribution of British technology around the world. ADF Milking has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2020: International Trade. The West Sussex-based company’s automatic teat dipping and...
10 Aug 2020
Take steps to mitigate heat stress
With temperatures rising above 25°C, producers should be mitigating the negative effects of heat stress on their herds. “Cattle are fairly comfortable when the ambient temperature is between 15°C and 25°C during the summer months, but if the thermometer rises significantly, production performance will start to suffer...
07 Aug 2020
Vaccinate calves against bacterial pneumonia this autumn
Vets are urging producers to consider vaccinating valuable herd replacements pre-housing this autumn. M haemolytica was, by far, the most commonly diagnosed cause of pneumonia in housed dairy calves in winter 2019. Common bacterial “And, according to recent AHPA surveillance data for England and Wales, pneumonia...
31 Jul 2020
Survey set to tackle ‘super rat’ issue
A survey has been launched to establish the extent to which resistant ‘super rats’ are breeding in the UK. And it should also help producers to better control rodent infestations. Research published by the University of Reading's Vertebrate Pests Unit suggests that resistance is spreading, due to the use of...