19 Dec 2019
National BVD survey 2020 is now open
The fifth national BVD survey is now live and organiser Boehringer Ingelheim is urging producers to take part by looking out for survey forms in agricultural publications and to check their email. The survey form is also available at www.bvdsurvey.co.uk. Lucky winners The...
18 Dec 2019
Open day to showcase miscanthus crop benefits
Producers are invited to attend a farm walk showcasing a miscanthus crop, growing on flooded land in Yorkshire, on Wednesday January 29, 2020. Research shows that miscanthus not only thrives on waterlogged land, but it also helps to stabilise flooded soils. Reduce flooding This event offers producers the chance to see...
06 Dec 2019
Take corrective action now to avoid spring calving problems
Without urgent corrective action, some spring calving cows could face problems during the next three months – a legacy of plentiful high quality grass this summer. So says Animax’s vet Elizabeth Berry. A recent and widespread rise in calving difficulties indicates that many cows are carrying surplus weight into late...
29 Nov 2019
Open-design milk feeder offers calves more space
A four-teat open feeder, which offers easier filling and cleaning than the equivalent compartmentalised model, has been launched by Dairy Spares. The latest Milk Bar feeder also has teats that are spaced further apart, allowing more room for the suckling calves and reducing competition. Prevent scours The patented...
25 Nov 2019
Running fresh-cow group helps to target protein feeding
Producers could help to improve milk and butterfat yield by managing a fresh cow group and target feeding high protein and amino acid diets. That was the message from Ohio State University’s Bill Weiss, during his week-long tour of the UK as part of the Mole Valley Farmers Lifetime Dairy roadshow. Improving production...
18 Nov 2019
Ryegrass genetics unlock forage potential
Opportunities for producers to improve performance from forage are at an unprecedented high, thanks to significant advancements in perennial ryegrass genetics during the past decade. That was the key message from Germinal GB’s Ben Wixey, speaking at an event at IBERS Aberystwyth University. Grassland potential He...
15 Nov 2019
Review dairy protein fed to calves
Calf rearers facing high skim milk powder costs should review the dairy protein they feed to their calves. “The reality is that modern, precision-formulated whey protein-based calf milk formulas deliver comparable young animal performance to skim milk-based products. And producers should be confident in making the...
13 Nov 2019
Maize-silage analyses reveal variable quality
While initial results for maize silage are encouraging, producers are being warned that later harvested crops will need careful monitoring. Reporting on the results from more than 870 samples received so far at its laboratory in Ashbourne, Trouw Nutrition GB’s Liz Homer says that the feed value of early harvested...
11 Nov 2019
Breeding tools help producers make better decisions
Two online tools that will help producers to select sires that better match their herd’s requirements and improve the accuracy of semen order volumes have been launched by AHDB Dairy. The ‘breeding trait selector’ allows producers to identify and prioritise the best genetic traits for their herd and the ‘breeding...
08 Nov 2019
Review hoof-care protocols at housing
Recent wet weather means cows’ feet may be softer at housing, which can lead to an increased risk of bruising from standing on concrete surfaces. So says vet Sara Pedersen, who explains that the transition into housing puts pressure on maintaining foot health, due to cows spending more time standing on concrete and...