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Muck is worth its weight in gold (almost)!

The past 12 months have seen fertiliser prices increase by more than 300%. This has led to many farmers looking for alternative nutrient inputs. Many weird and wonderful materials are applied to the land for their fertiliser content – composts, paper crumble, food waste, sewage sludge, seaweed and many others. But the most frequently used, … Read more

6 Points to Summer Success; Youngstock

The effects of heat stress and warm weather in calves are not as well documented and can often be overlooked compared to their dairy cow counterpart, due to having no obvious production loss. Although calves have an upper critical limit of 25ºC, they can start to feel the effects of heat stress at 21ºC. Above … Read more

Why is supplementation of minerals important?

As dairy cows are out at grass or due to be turned out it is important to remember that grazed grass is a variable source of minerals, with levels directly dependent on the mineral content of soils. Typically, some levels will be in short supply giving rise to potential deficiencies whilst others can be present … Read more

Top tips for successful mobility scoring on-farm

However, that figure can be reduced significantly by detecting and treating it early. Prevention is always better than cure, and mobility scoring plays a critical role as it allows farmers to promptly identify cows that would benefit from treatment. Specialist dairy vet, Owen Atkinson from Dairy Veterinary Consultancy, gives his top 5 tips for successful … Read more

Time to reseed pastures

Now is the perfect time to walk grassland and assess what’s going on and consider whether a reseed or oversees is needed. Identify poor performing and damaged fields by using the Barenbrug Good Grass Guide which is a simple grass condition scoring tool.  This tool helps to make decisions on improving poor swards and maximising … Read more

Optimising Calf Health: Its all in the detail

Calf health and management has changed dramatically over the last 10 years, with the benefits of optimising calf performance well known as being vital to the future productivity and profitability of the herd. The increased investment in calves both in resources and time, makes it even more frustrating when things go wrong. Calves are highly … Read more

Prioritising quality nutrition in early life will optimise lamb performance

Following colostrum feeding the choice of a lamb milk replacer for artificially reared lambs is an important consideration. A digestible, carefully formulated milk replacer can help lambs to achieve their full growth potential and to develop into strong, robust lambs which continue to perform. However, not all lamb milk replacers are the same; these are … Read more

Perfecting Grazing Pressure

Having invested in your grass it is important to get the grazing pressure right to ensure that available forage matches sheep requirements as closely as possible. Throughout the growing season it is important to carefully manage grazing pressure to ensure both grass quality and high forage utilisation – getting animals to eat as much as … Read more

Keeping your calves warm this winter

A calf is born with limited body energy reserves and only a modest amount of insulation coming from hair and a low level of subcutaneous fat. In addition, lipid stores in newborn calves are extremely low; sufficient for a maximum of 15 hours of survival without feed. The thermoneutral zone is the temperature range in … Read more

Taking a closer look at molasses

New trials at the University of Reading supported by ED&F Man demonstrates the benefits of feeding molasses, not only on fibre digestion but also on nitrogen utilisation. In the first trial, cows were fed on diets which contained the same energy and protein content but with differing amounts of carbohydrates. One diet contained no Regumix, … Read more

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