10 Dec 2018
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07 Dec 2018
Re-designed subsoiler offers improved stone protection
OPICO is launching a re-design of its popular Sward-Lifter grassland subsoiler, with a strengthened frame to make it the most robust model yet. The cutting disc, opens the sward in front of the subsoiler leg, is now also mounted on a spring-loaded trailing arm. This enables it to ‘trip’ out of the way of obstacles...
05 Dec 2018
Herbicide combination offers effective weed control in grass leys
Producers can increase grass dry matter yields - by up to 15% - when using a weed control programme, from Nufarm, that’s set to be launched at Dairy-Tech 2019. Promising a return on investment of to up to 14:1, Pasture Pack controls the key weeds found in established leys for both silage and grazing. These include...
03 Dec 2018
Watch out for acid loading in winter TMRs
Early forage analyses suggest the acid loading effect of many grass and maize silages will be high in TMRs this winter.  “While many grass silages have a higher overall D-value this year, they also have a set of characteristics that could make them difficult to utilise effectively,” says FiveF Alka’s Robert Cockroft....
30 Nov 2018
Rumen efficiency and feed value critical to margins this winter
Maximising rumen efficiency – and using best value feeds to do so – is key to boosting income over feed costs (IOFC) this winter. So says KW nutritionist Charlotte Ward. “Between 60% and 70% of the energy, and 50% and 70% of the protein, used by the cow comes from rumen microbes,” she says. “So formulating rations...
28 Nov 2018
Red clover has potential to boost production
Including red clover in silage leys has the potential to boost dry matter production by more than two tonnes per hectare, per year, and increase nutritional quality in the clamp. So says Field Options’ Francis Dunne. Speaking at AHDB’s ‘Quality Silage from Seed to Feed’ event, held at Longden Manor in Shropshire, he...
28 Nov 2018
Put a spring in your step
Dairy Spares has extended its Border range of Wellingtons with the launch of the Warrior boot. Available both as a soft-toe and a safety boot, the boots are made of lightweight durable polyurethane, are comfortable to wear, have an anti-slip tread, and will keep feet warm in winter and cool during the summer. More...
26 Nov 2018
Maize silage analysis key to balancing varied starch levels
Early maize silage analyses results indicate varied quality, particularly when it comes to starch levels. So producers must test forage stocks and adequately balance rations to maximise cow health and productivity. That’s the message from Quality Liquid Feeds’ Rob Fowkes, who says that he is witnessing two main...
22 Nov 2018
Bright Brexit outlook for the dairy sector
The future, post-Brexit, looks bright for the dairy sector when compared to its beef and sheep counterparts. That was the consensus of speakers at the second RABDF business and policy conference, held in mid-November.  Producers with fewer than 100 cows could be in the most volatile position post Brexit, according to...
16 Nov 2018
Block complements brassica and fodder beet rations
A feed block, formulated to help balance diets that are high in brassicas and fodder beet, is to be launched just in time for the winter feeding season. Crystalyx Beet Balance is suitable for both dairy and beef cattle and offers good levels of calcium and phosphorus to balance the low levels found in fodder beet and...