20 Sep 2018
Automatic feed pusher installed on UK unit
A robotic feed pusher with a twin-spiralled rotating auger, which allows feed to be remixed without damaging or crushing the forage, has been installed on a Gloucestershire-based unit. The first installation in the UK of DeLaval’s OptiDuo, supplied by dairy specialists T H White, is now helping to feed David Merrett’s...
Good silage quality should be carefully balanced this winter
17 Sep 2018
Good silage quality should be carefully balanced this winter
The latest silage results from Trouw Nutrition GB suggest that while most forages are good quality, quantity will be the major issue. Announcing the latest results for both first- and second-cut grass silage and for fermented wholecrop, at the UK Dairy Day, the company’s Liz Homer said that while the headline figures...
14 Sep 2018
Take steps to make cow-hygiene savings at housing
  With winter housing fast approaching, producers are being advised to review their cow hygiene products. Simple changes can be made to support hygienic milk production while saving on costs of teat disinfectant. So says Diversey’s Rob Kelly, who explains that while cows are out at grass they are at greater risk of...
13 Sep 2018
Environmental conditions affecting the dam can impact on next generation
The effect of high temperatures in the UK this summer may affect the performance of the in-utero calf, but this may not be evident until the animal is in milk production. So says Cargill calf and heifer specialist Bianca Theeruth. Speaking at UK Dairy Day this week, she told visitors that there may be consequences on...
10 Sep 2018
Forage budgeting is critical this year
Despite grass availability finally increasing, most producers are still facing a winter forage shortfall and careful planning is required to eke out silage stocks.  “A lack of available grazing for most of the summer means that many producers have been buffer feeding for a longer period than usual,” says InTouch’s...
06 Sep 2018
Netherlands insights could reduce UK ammonia emissions
British producers and industry experts visited the Netherlands to learn how the country has reduced ammonia emissions by making changes on farm. The visit formed part of AHDB, Defra and the NFU’s commitment to work together to find solutions, as the country develops new strategies to meet its international...
04 Sep 2018
Earliest maize harvest on record begins in August
Maize harvest began on August 30, 2018, on one Cheshire-based unit – the earliest harvest on record, according to Limagrain’s Brian Copestake. “First indications are that yields are average, but cob size is large. And we anticipate that dry matter content and starch will be good,” he says. Early-maturing variety “This...
Calf-growth app and website launched
30 Aug 2018
Calf-growth app and website launched
Young stock rearers now have a quick and easy way of recording and monitoring individual calf growth rates against pre-set targets, with the launch of a smartphone app from Volac. The app is a free tool, available as a download from the company’s refreshed ‘Feed for Growth’ website. Performance targets “It is designed...
Maize lodging could threaten harvest success
27 Aug 2018
Maize lodging could threaten harvest success
Some producers are reporting lodging in maize crops and an increased incidence of the problem, which can hinder harvesting, is a consequence of the season. So says Limagrain’s Richard Camplin, adding that some varieties are more prone than others. “Lodging in maize is fortunately a reasonably rare occurrence,” he...
24 Aug 2018
Optimise fatty acid to improve dietary energy
Achieving high energy intakes while maintaining excellent rumen health is crucial for early lactation performance, particularly where forage may be in short supply.  Containing the optimum balance of key fatty acids, UFAC Supa-Cream is formulated to help fresh calvers get off to the best possible start. “Milk...