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Beef Grass Grazing Management Guide

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

How can protected feeds help this summer?

Many factors play a part in achieving target yields and a healthy cow, therefore, managing a healthy rumen is key to this, largely because of the nutrients it produces. Approximately 70% of cows energy requirements and 80% of cows protein requirements can be met by the nutrients that rumen bacteria produce. As efficient as this … Read more

Getting a grip on grass growth this Spring

This Spring, you need to look at your grass regularly to see how it’s growing and work out if any remedial work is required. It’s good practice to walk your fields weekly, from February to October to look at grass growth, nevermore so important at the start of the season, where there is a relatively … Read more

Giving your calves the healthiest start

NWF Agriculture Technical Manager, Abbi England, explains how implementing the correct calf rearing programme can give dairy farmers the key to unlocking the full potential of their calves, leading to significant increases in herd productivity. Heifer rearing is the second-highest cost of dairy farming. NWF has found great success in implementing the LifeStart programme alongside … Read more

Getting the best from your sheep

Around 70% of the lamb’s growth takes place in the last 2 months of pregnancy. It is therefore essential to ensure that the ewe’s nutritional requirements are met during this time. This will ensure both robust lambs and a ewe in good condition with sufficient milk to support them. It is vital to get the … Read more

Guest Vet Article: Sheep Farming & Nutrition

Nutrition is arguably the single most important factor in successful and profitable sheep farming. Energy should be provided largely by cereals rather than their cheaper by-products.  Good quality protein sources such as soya bean meal, rapeseed meal and peas/beans ensure maximal benefit.  Quality ingredients are expensive but it’s more cost-effective to feed less of a … Read more

Rearing Lambs with Milk Replacer

Whether it is mother’s milk or milk replacer, milk intake is crucial for the first 6 weeks of a lamb’s life, after this their reliance on grass increases. JPA Ultra Lamb is a top-quality milk replacer designed to suit most rearing systems. This highly digestible product supports optimal growth and development through its specifically developed … Read more

Giving your calves the healthiest start

Heifer rearing is the second-highest cost for dairy farmers. Jim Peet Agriculture has found great success in implementing the LifeStart programme alongside the 5 critical control points (The 5C’s). Colostrum Only high-quality colostrum should be fed, containing at least 50g of lgG per litre. 10% of calf body weight (approx. 4 litres of colostrum for … Read more

Are your cows telling you something?

We’ve heard the adage if cows could talk. Imagine if they could tell us all about their environment, diet, how’re there feeling and what you as a farmer could be doing to help improve their performance. What are Cow Signals? Well, the concept is simple – it’s about reading cow behaviour with the aim to … Read more

Reduce the grass staggers threat this spring

Estimations suggest that 1% of cattle in the UK will experience clinical grass staggers, with up to 30% of all clinical cases resulting in death and significant direct losses. A far larger percentage of animals, including ewes, will experience sub-clinical cases that may affect overall animal performance. Grass staggers, otherwise known as grass tetany or … Read more

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