18 Apr 2019
Summer 2018’s heat stress continues to impact productivity
Recent analysis of TMS data for 2018 has revealed that cows were impacted by heat stress for a full six months and fresh-cow lactation performance is still affected. Using the standard temperature humidity index (THI) and 72 THI as a cut-off point, the data recorded heat stress from April to September inclusive and...
17 Apr 2019
Monitor milk test results closely for opportunities to fine tune feeding
Paying closer attention to milk test results, and using the data to adjust feeding strategies, is critical if feed efficiency and milk income are to be maintained during the grazing season. So says KW nutritionist Anna Sutcliffe, who adds that milk fat content and milk urea levels are both key indicators for herds...
15 Apr 2019
Optimise rumen development through early calf nutrition
Investing in high quality calf starter feed from three days of age can significantly reduce the cost of rearing and improve weaning success. So says Wynnstay’s Eimear Diamond, who adds that it’s vital that calf growth and development in the first few months of life, particularly in heifer calves, is optimised to boost...
10 Apr 2019
Deep-rooted varieties excel in drier conditions
The hot, dry summer in 2018 suppressed yields in fodder beet crops compared with 2017, but the results of trials, carried out by Limagrain UK, showed up the variation in performance between varieties. “We saw a reduction in average fresh yield of 13.4% – or 11.1 tonnes per hectare – from 82.8 tonnes per hectare in...
08 Apr 2019
Protect calves against pneumonia as weather becomes warmer
Producers should not be fooled into thinking the risk of pneumonia in calves disappears as temperatures rise this spring. That’s the warning from Zoetis’ Carolyn Hogan. Although the overall incidence of pneumonia decreases in spring and summer, as the weather becomes warmer, calves that are housed are still at risk...
04 Apr 2019
Choose purple tags and support mental health charity
UK-based ear tag manufacturer Allflex is using its distinctive range of purple secondary ear tags to show its support for mental health charity, The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.  And, with a penny from the sale of every set of sheep or cattle tags with a purple secondary tag being donated to the charity, the company...
03 Apr 2019
Slurry applicator is ideal for multi-cut silage systems
A precision method of applying slurry to grassland has been developed by Suffolk-based slurry management specialists Tramspread. Using a Joskin trailing shoe and disc injector coupled to a Tramspread umbilical kit, the manufacturer has designed an application system that is capable of extremely accurate distribution...
02 Apr 2019
UK proteins sources offer sustainability and reduced feed costs
There’s growing interest in the use of UK-produced proteins as consumers demand lower impact food production and poor exchange rates add to imported feed prices. So says KW nutritionist Anna Sutcliffe, adding that deforestation, associated with soyabean production in South America, is a huge concern globally. Feed...
29 Mar 2019
Herbal ley mixture offers improved soil health
A herbal mixture has been launched to meet the growing need to improve soil health on farms. Formulated by seed and grain specialist Cope Seeds, it contains: hybrid and perennial ryegrasses;  cocksfoot, timothy, and meadow fescue; a range of legumes, including red and white clover, alsike, sweet clover and birdsfoot...
28 Mar 2019
Motor-less cow brush offers lower-cost grooming
A motor-less swinging brush, designed to help cows to satisfy their need to scratch and groom themselves, has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Jolly Cow brush hangs down, vertically, and moves mechanically 180° through one plane. Cows push it against gravity to groom both the top of their backs and along their sides...