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Preparing for Tupping

Tupping is a critical time of year for any sheep farmer as it fundamentally sets the scene for the next years lamb crop and future profitability of the flock! This Tech Talk discusses the importance of looking at your stock prior to tupping to ensure they are in optimal condition to serve and to be … Read more

Silage qualities present both opportunities and challenges this winter

There are large variations between cuts and regions with regards to silage qualities, so regular analyses will be key to achieving consistently balanced diets this winter. Some key points that are consistent between the averages are summarised below:- Dry Matter – With a grass silage dry matter average of 34.2%, a dryer silage crop should … Read more


Spring growth was delayed by roughly a month, with prolonged dry cold frosty weather causing havoc with grass growth. However, the rainfall during May followed by higher temperatures of June brought some much-needed heat during the day and ideal growing conditions, grass crops played catchup and grew rapidly in about 10-14 days. Well managed grass … Read more

Maximise youngstock potential by starting off on the right foot

Whether rearing beef calves in a suckler herd situation or artificially rearing them from the dairy sector, attention to detail and ensuring calves get the best start is fundamental to lifetime performance. Sourcing calves: When sourcing calves, it is key to know the health status of the herd of where they are coming from. This … Read more

Heat Stress in Calves

In warm or bright conditions, when there is heat and light intensity, calves are at risk of heat stress. During these periods, energy is used to lose heat from the body by sweating and increasing respiratory rate. When and at what temperatures do calves start to get impacted?Although calves have an upper critical limit of … Read more


Sheep farmers face a number of choices when it comes to managing how their animals graze grass. Typically, grassland growth rates should determine how long grass should be grazed and rested for and will, therefore, have a bearing on the grazing method chosen. Growth rates are influenced by a number of factors including season, weather, … Read more


Management and nutrition play an important role in how milk protein and fat are influenced, taking these in consideration to optimise payments from milk contracts is key. Seasonality and genetics also play a role, table 1 show a comparison of popular breeds. Seasonality Seasonality plays a significant role, mostly driven by day length and lighting. … Read more


Regardless of breed or location, all UK dairy farmers have one thing in common: the need to provide their animals with grass to eat, whether grazed or silaged. In dairy production, where margins are incredibly tight, high-quality grass can be the key to profitability – so keeping a constant supply in front of livestock makes … Read more

Brassicas for Lamb growth

Feeding brassicas of any description has seen a massive resurgence in recent years. This can bring significant financial gains to any farm business if done correctly due to keeping livestock out of the sheds to reduce the housed period. Brassicas can help shift the spring grass surplus to the autumn when you require more grazing, … Read more

Get the best start to the grazing season

An effective spring turnout can make or break the grazing season, and whilst the weather will of course play an important role, quality pasture management will be key. Grass plants have three fully viable leaves, a fourth will grow but the first will die away. Allowing this to happen is a waste and reduces plant establishment. … Read more

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