24 Aug 2018
AHDB launches ‘top tips’ for calf rearing
Top tips for heifer rearing have been outlined in a new video by AHDB, which showcases the results of its ‘Calf to Calving’ (C2C) programme. The video features Aberdeen-based producers William and Anne Willis. They took part in the project, which ran for two years on 12 farms across Britain. The C2C programme followed...
Book your place to see sand separation system in action
21 Aug 2018
Book your place to see sand separation system in action
A revolutionary dairy cow bedding sand separation system, which the manufacturer says offers multiple economic and environmental benefits to producers, will be demonstrated at a farm insight day in Somerset on September 18. The event is being organised by Dutch company Mavasol, worldwide distributor for DariTech...
15 Aug 2018
Producers must be offered more advice when purchasing wormers
Producers are not receiving all the appropriate information they need to make evidence-based wormer choices, regardless of whether they buy from vets, Suitably Qualified Persons (SQP) or vet pharmacists. So says new research, funded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). The study, led by Moredun Research...
13 Aug 2018
Westerwolds demand soars to fill the feed gap
Demand for fast-growing Westerwolds grasses has increased ten-fold this year, as producers try to replenish a shortage of fodder. The wet winter, followed by a cold spring and dry summer, has left many producers without sufficient fresh grass or silage. Many are already feeding winter silage stocks and are desperate...
09 Aug 2018
Fat supplement meets cow requirements throughout lactation
A fat supplement, which has been developed to meet the requirements of dairy cows throughout lactation and offers particular benefits in early lactation, has been launched by Volac Wilmar. The supplement, called Mega-Max, is the latest innovation in the Megalac range of rumen-protected fats and features a specific C16...
07 Aug 2018
Walk maize crops to assess forage quality
An early maize harvest could catch producers out unless they start monitoring crops soon, according to Limagrain’s Tim Richmond.  With maize harvest looking to be at least two weeks earlier in many parts of the country, he says that it is important to focus on harvesting maize in optimum conditions. Early harvest Mr...
04 Aug 2018
Post-drought patience will pay longer-term forage dividends
Keeping stock off pastures until grass is as close as possible to the optimum three-leaf growth stage will be the best way to overcome forage shortfalls following recent drought conditions. So says Germinal’s Ben Wixey, who stresses that turning stock onto recovering grassland too quickly could prove counter-...
04 Aug 2018
Two strategic dairy farms appointed in Derbyshire and Scotland
Two dairy businesses, with different approaches to herd management, will add depth and breadth to AHDB Dairy’s network of strategic dairy units, which deliver farmer-to-farmer knowledge exchange.  “Both units enhance our geographical coverage and enable us to showcase two operators who have chosen alternative paths to...
30 Jul 2018
‘Emergency forage’ introduced to ease pressure on feed supplies
Recent rainfall in many parts of the country, adding some moisture to soils, has presented producers with the opportunity to sow a forage crop that could help to ease the pressure on feed supplies this autumn. Limagrain UK has designed a grass seed mixture, called Emergency Forage, that can provide a forage crop – for...
27 Jul 2018
New autumn-calving index to be launched in August
An autumn-calving index has been developed by AHDB Dairy to help producers breed cattle suited to autumn-block calving systems. Emphasising herd fertility and milk volume, the autumn-calving index (£ACI) takes into account the costs of feeding for winter milk production and the higher milk price per litre received....