19 Feb 2020
Take steps to tackle chickweed now
Chickweed is now growing and can smother established grassland or young leys. So says Nicola Perry, grassland specialist with Corteva Agriscience, adding that its prostrate growing habit allows it to rapidly colonise any gaps in the sward. “Chickweed will be found in established grassland, often in damaged areas or...
15 Feb 2020
Fodder beet variety boosts home-grown feed value
Limagrain UK has introduced fodder beet variety Ribambelle – a triploid beet with red skin that ranks highly among fodder beet varieties for its high energy and medium dry matter contents. Field trial results show that this variety has an average dry matter of 16%, which makes it ideally suited for dairy or beef...
12 Feb 2020
Easy-to-use colostrum bags are also re-usable
A re-usable colostrum bag has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Trusti Colostrum Bag is the only re-usable bag on the market and is designed with a large surface area to speed freezing and thawing, a robust and convenient handle for holding or hanging, and a wide neck for faster filling and easier cleaning. Cost...
11 Feb 2020
Ayrshire-based producers lift 2019 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup
The Sloan family from Auchinleck, in Ayrshire, has won the 2019 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. Robert Sloan, who farms with his parents Bryce and Anne and wife Emma, runs the 180-cow Townlaw Holstein herd alongside the 60-cow Darnlaw Jersey herd, which was introduced in 2016. Robotic milking In 2011, to increase productivity...
07 Feb 2020
Tracking device for ATVs
Yamaha ATVs are now available with tracking devices supplied by partner and vehicle security specialist Datatool. The Datatool Stealth S5 device will be supplied, free of charge, with new ATV models to offer producers safety, security and peace of mind. Permanent record The technology is connected to satellites so...
03 Feb 2020
Use data to select optimum maize variety
A free selection guide has been published to help producers to identify the most suitable maize variety for their unit and help increase their return on investment in the crop. “With maize costing around £800 per hectare to grow, it is vital that producers maximise their return on this investment,” says LG Seeds’ Tim...
31 Jan 2020
Free milk-promotion banners up for grabs at Dairy-Tech 2020
Producers can help to promote the nutritional benefits of milk by grabbing a free Misson4Milk banner at Dairy-Tech on February 5, 2020. Misson4Milk, in partnership with Mole Valley Farmers, is giving away 100 banners at the event, which read: 'Are you getting enough?' and 'Full Fat Milk? Nope. Just 4% fat'. Farm gates...
23 Jan 2020
Maize seed treatment protects crops against bird damage
The loss of Mesurol as a maize seed treatment to prevent bird damage is likely to have a far-reaching effect on the industry, so KWS has come up with an alternative solution. INITIO Bird Protect has been launched for 2020, as standard, across all the company’s maize varieties. Active ingredients The seed treatment has...
21 Jan 2020
Parasite-control guide updated
The Control of Worms Sustainably in cattle group (COWS) has released updated chapters of its technical guide to parasite control. The additional sections – covering round worms, lungworm, liver and rumen fluke and ectoparasites such as flies, lice and ticks – provide a sound basis for advice for producers and their...
16 Jan 2020
One tractor, one operator umbilical system
An umbilical pump trailer has been launched that offers producers the potential to save time and money by only requiring one tractor and one operator. Designed and manufactured by Tramspread, the pump trailer is used by its contracting division to reduce labour requirements and cover the highest hectarage using just...