03 Apr 2020
Mastitis prevention practices crucial ahead of antibiotic supply reductions
Chief vets are urging producers to be more diligent with mastitis prevention practices due to supply problems with seven key intramammary antibiotic products for lactating cows.   The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) has recently been informed that more than half of the lactating cow intramammary antibiotics on...
02 Apr 2020
Free remote monitoring service open to all producers
Producers can access free independent nutritional advice and support, for the next three months, through a service launched by Alltech and KEENAN. Recognising the impact that COVID-19 is having on producers and their businesses, both companies hope that this free InTouch service will help producers to navigate their...
01 Apr 2020
Free printable milking routine sheets
During the current coronavirus lockdown, producers may find themselves calling upon inexperienced staff to help complete daily tasks, such as milking and cleaning the parlour. So Deosan has published free printable information sheets, which outline the basic steps to follow when milking cows and washing out parlour...
30 Mar 2020
Control rats now or risk an autumn infestation
Following a mild and wet winter, producers are being advised to tackle rats this spring to avoid potentially large infestations this autumn. Rats will remain in farm buildings where food and water is plentiful, according to BASF pest control specialist Helen Ainsworth. “Throughout spring and summer, rats will breed in...
23 Mar 2020
Harness extra starch in maize silage
Increased starch degradability in maize silage, which has been clamped for a few months or more, can lead to metabolic problems in early spring unless rations are reviewed and rebalanced. These problems may be mitigated by including a feed ingredient, such as Diamond V XP, to promote rumen function, according to...
17 Mar 2020
Free app launched to bolster beef producers’ profits
Recent figures show a drop in meat sales, both in terms of volume and value, but a free livestock app is set to help drive productivity improvements across the whole value chain.
 
So says Breedr’s Ian Wheal, who says the company’s aim is to radically change livestock production, so the industry can...
12 Mar 2020
Plan to spray docks before first-cut silage
Producers should be planning to spray dock infestations in silage leys in April, three to four weeks before the mower goes in. So says Corteva Agriscience’s Dave Gurney, who adds that removing docks this side of harvesting will maximise the yield and feed quality of the silage. Early-season spray “Most producers have...
03 Mar 2020
Call for Scottish herds to take part in disease study
Producers across Scotland are being asked to take part in a study to help scientists better understand the spread of Mycoplasma bovis in cattle. Calves infected with Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis) can develop: pneumonia; middle-ear disease, resulting in a head tilt; and arthritis, with resultant reduced growth. And adult...
29 Feb 2020
Sensors monitor dairy chemical levels
Producers can now receive text messages, alerting up to five mobile contacts, about low levels of hygiene chemicals. Ecolab Textomatic from UK hygiene chemical distributor, Progiene, is an electronic, low-level alarm system, which can monitor six containers at a time, for early detection and intervention for...
26 Feb 2020
Flexible and tough range of PVC hosing launched
Dairy Spares has launched the febraflex range of ‘flexible and tough’ PVC hosing, which consists of three different colour-coded grades of piping to suit different purposes on the farm. Standard febraflex yellow hosing is ideal for use with water. Composed of five layers of PVC, its thickness helps to prevent twisting...