14 Nov 2018
Focus on soils now to reap spring benefits
Producers should focus on soils this autumn, to help maximise grassland potential next spring. So says Wynnstay’s Sarah Evans, who adds that producers should be looking to improve grassland quality now because it will have a direct impact on productivity, profitability and feeding regimes in the spring. “And the...
Producers say they ‘could do better’ concerning calf health
13 Nov 2018
Producers say they ‘could do better’ concerning calf health
More than a third of UK beef and dairy calf rearers feel that they 'could do better' when it comes to calf health, according to a recent survey conducted by MSD Animal Health. A total of 749 UK producers responded to the national young stock survey and 45% of dairy producers in the group said that they had concerns...
05 Nov 2018
Grant funding available for computerised calf feeders
Dairy producers who are interested in a move to computerised calf feeding, or indeed replacing ageing machines, will soon be able to apply for a further round of grant funding under the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS). Following the £15 million made available in spring 2018, the Government has...
02 Nov 2018
Early maize analyses confirm feeding challenges
The welcome news of some high-quality maize silage needs to be tempered by the continued impact of this year’s forages on rumen health. So says Trouw Nutrition GB and its nutritionists are also warning producers against opening clamps too early. “The 2018 maize season was unusual with late planted crop following the...
01 Nov 2018
UK-grown protein feed now available
A UK-grown source of rapeseed protein, which the manufacturer claims is cost effective, sustainable, and an efficient alternative to soya, is now available. Following a multi-million-pound investment from the RCMA Group, a rapeseed processing plant has been built in Stratford-upon-Avon. This facility has the capacity...
01 Nov 2018
Early planning is key to ‘future proof’ dairy businesses
Producers must take early action and develop strategies to successfully navigate several challenges, which will affect financial returns during the next few years. So says Promar International, which announced the latest results from its Farm Business Accounts (FBA) service – the most comprehensive analysis of actual...
23 Oct 2018
Maintain sugar levels throughout housed period
Producers are being reminded to supplement rations with a suitable sugar source, to enhance rumen function, maximise feed efficiency, and drive productivity during the housed period “Grazed grass is naturally high in sugars, providing cows with a sufficient dietary supply. But this isn’t the case once cows are brought...
19 Oct 2018
Fine-tune feeding to cut nitrogen pollution and increase margins
With agriculture responsible for 88% of the UK’s ammonia emissions, improving nitrogen use efficiency will be critical to meeting upcoming atmospheric pollution targets. Better feeding can help, claims KW nutritionist Anna Sutcliffe, and also offers an opportunity to cut costs and improve margins. Pollution issue “...
Family duo wins OMSCo accolade
18 Oct 2018
Family duo wins OMSCo accolade
Brother-and-sister partnership Daniel and Claire Howlett, of Wicton Farm in Herefordshire, have won the OMSCo Farm of the Year award. The Howlett’s business has supplied the co-operative with organic milk for 18 years and the judges commended the family’s innovative approach and determination to establish a...
15 Oct 2018
Release more energy from forage-based rations
Producers could boost milk from home-grown feed this winter by adding a feed supplement that supports forage digestion to rations. AB Neo’s latest product, OptiPartum-C+, contains specific enzymes that can break down the starch and fibre fraction of the ration, allowing the animal to utilise a higher proportion of...