14 May 2019
Top genetic traits to improve lifetime yield revealed
AHDB has revealed the genetic traits that producers should focus on to increase their herd’s daily lifetime yields for fat and protein. Recent research by the organisation has shown that the genetic indexes that have the most impact on average daily lifetime yield are £PLI, closely followed by fat (kg), lifespan, and...
13 May 2019
Brewers’ grains deal improves distribution and sustainability
An agreement will see KW become the sole partner for the 100,000 tonnes of brewers’ grains produced, annually, by the Molson Coors brewing company across its Burton-on-Trent, Tadcaster, Rock (Cornwall) and Burtonwood (Cheshire) breweries.  The deal between the two companies is integral to the brewer’s developing co-...
10 May 2019
Additional film layer can help to prevent silage waste
Adding an additional thin clear film directly to the top of freshly clamped silage, under the traditional black plastic sheet, can reduce feed wastage to zero. So says RPC bpi agriculture’s Lloyd Dawson. “With conserved forage in short supply following 2018’s poor grass growing season, reducing post harvest losses...
09 May 2019
Feed helps to boost calf immunity and growth
A calf feed that incorporates a supplement to help support immune function in young stock has been launched by Mole Valley Farmers. Ambition contains patented feed supplement OmniGen-AF, which is proven to promote natural immune function when calves face stress events, leading to fewer health issues and reduced...
03 May 2019
Multispecies mixture can extend grazing season
A multispecies grass mixture, designed for grazing by cattle, has been launched by Limagrain. Part of its Sinclair McGill range, the Castleherb mixture combines 40% grass species with 30% legumes and 30% herbs. The grasses are made up of: intermediate and late perennial ryegrasses; a Matrix-enhanced ryegrass, which is...
02 May 2019
Clamp down on consolidation losses
Thorough clamp consolidation is a vital step in making good silage. But it is also an area where the attention to detail needed to achieve it is often underestimated, according to Volac. It will be running a practical competition on its stand to identify the correct weight of machinery needed for effective clamp...
25 Apr 2019
Optimise heifer performance from spring grazing
Producers taking advantage of the current excellent grass availability, by turning out young stock early, are being reminded to carefully balance heifer diets at this pivotal time. “Producers are, quite rightly, taking advantage of the excellent conditions and high-quality grass available on so many units right now,...
23 Apr 2019
Forage guide highlights summer options
The hot and dry summer in 2018 has encouraged producers to look at a wider range of forage crops. And all the latest options are included in Limagrain’s 2019 Essential Guide to Forage Crops. “We’ve recently seen more interest in summer forages that can be sown from May to August,” says Limagrain’s Martin Titley....
22 Apr 2019
RABDF Princess Royal award winner announced
Andersons consultant and dairy producer Tony Evans is the winner of this year’s RABDF Princess Royal Award, which was presented to him by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace. Mr Evans is recognised on a national level for his work in setting up discussion groups, business courses and joint ventures. Lifetime...
18 Apr 2019
Summer 2018’s heat stress continues to impact productivity
Recent analysis of TMS data for 2018 has revealed that cows were impacted by heat stress for a full six months and fresh-cow lactation performance is still affected. Using the standard temperature humidity index (THI) and 72 THI as a cut-off point, the data recorded heat stress from April to September inclusive and...