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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

Prioritising quality nutrition in early life will optimise lamb performance

Industry standards suggest that annual lamb losses on lowland farms in the UK is estimated to be 15%. Losses in hill flocks are thought to be lower, however, the reduction in potential lamb output will detrimentally impact business profitability in any system. Most lamb losses occur during pregnancy or in the first few weeks of … Read more

Preparation and Attention to Detail at Lambing

Preparation is key for success, something which is well known by sheep farmers; poor preparation leads to chaos. Ensuring that staff are trained and understand the system is just as important as making sure that the environment is clean with adequate supplies of the essentials. Ewe condition and litter size are well-known details that are … Read more

Winter Feeding Management

Lower ambient temperatures during the Winter months increase calf energy requirements as they use more energy to maintain body temperature.Calves less than three weeks of age are the most vulnerable to changes in temperature, so when it gets cold outside, it is vital to have a strategy in place to help support calf performance. It … Read more

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

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