13 Jun 2019
Control docks between silage cuts
Producers may need to tackle dock infestations in silage fields during the next few weeks, as the early spring led to first cuts being taken before these tough perennial weeds could be treated. Where docks are present, weed control incurs a relatively small cost relative to the gain in extra grass and silage produced...
13 Jun 2019
Genomic test selects heifers based on disease risk
A genomic test that incorporates health and wellness traits, in addition to the production traits delivered by standard testing, has been launched by Zoetis. CLARIFIDE Plus is the first available dairy genetic evaluation specifically designed for cow and calf wellness traits in Holstein and Jersey cattle in the UK....
11 Jun 2019
Bucket range now includes ‘dumpy’ model
Dairy Spares has extended its range of general-purpose British-made and robust Lamina buckets. In addition to the kick-resistant pliable Flexi bucket, there is now a Rigid bucket. And both bucket types are now available in sizes from five to 15 litres. Popular design The five-litre Flexi bucket has been the UK’s most...
06 Jun 2019
Workshop will offer pointers to reduce heifer-rearing costs
The effects of poor calf health and nutrition on the lifetime performance of the dairy cow will be focus during a workshop at this year’s TotalDairy Seminar. Heifer rearing is the second highest cost linked to milk production, after feed, according to University of Nottingham’s Jean Margerison. "That said, if there...
03 Jun 2019
Inoculant allows quicker use of silage
A faster-acting silage inoculant has been introduced by Corteva Agriscience in time for silage operations this summer. Pioneer brand 11G22 Rapid React (RR) is for use on high dry matter grass, wholecrop cereal and lucerne silage crops. Compared to the original 11G22, the Rapid React product includes an additional new...
31 May 2019
Keep a close eye on butterfat levels at grass
The latest report on grass growth development across the UK has flagging a potential increased risk for milk fat depression and acidosis. “It’s common for butterfat depression to occur during spring turnout, as a result of the high unsaturated oil and low fibre content in spring grass, both of which can upset the...
29 May 2019
Book your place at bTB conference
The first Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy conference will be held on Wednesday June 26 at Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The organisers say that the event will offer delegates the opportunity to learn more about what can be done to reduce the risk and impact of bovine TB on your farm....
27 May 2019
Precast concrete range meets dairying needs
A range of precast concrete products has been launched by Lancashire-based Wolfenden Concrete. The SUPA range, designed for dairy units, includes diagonal slats, slurry channelling, and slurry channels. Reinforcement system Structurally engineered with the company’s Fortis reinforcement system, SupaStrong slats allow...
24 May 2019
Ten varieties added to recommended lists
Eight varieties of ryegrass, and one red and one white clover, have been added to the 2019/2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists. Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal...
16 May 2019
Add cooling butter to reduce the effects of heat stress
With temperatures rising, Cargill is encouraging producers to adapt their cow feeding and management to reduce the effects of heat stress in their herds. And, as part of this, it is urging producers with high yielding cows to take advantage of the cooling buffer, Equaliser CoolCow. Feed intake Made with a unique blend...