Study highlight importance of regular heifer weighing
10 Jan 2018
Study highlight importance of regular heifer weighing
The importance of regularly weighing young stock has been further underlined following results from AHDB Dairy’s two-year Calf to Calving project, which identified huge variation in growth rates within batches of heifers. The UK-wide initiative started in the autumn 2015, with the aim of helping producers to improve...
Producers must take health and safety more seriously
05 Jan 2018
Producers must take health and safety more seriously
A leading agricultural risk expert fears that producers are risking severe financial repercussions, and even jail, because they are unaware of tougher penalties for health and safety breaches. Lycetts Risk Management Services’ Richard Wade is worried there is a lack of knowledge among the farming community around The...
Book your place at dairy seminar
02 Jan 2018
Book your place at dairy seminar
TotalDairy Seminar 2018 will take place on July 4 and 5 at a new venue – the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon. The theme for this year’s two-day programme is ‘implementing best practice to maximise returns’.  Speakers from around the globe to present the latest research on a wide range of dairy management...
Extra draff and pot ale syrup available for Scottish producers
02 Jan 2018
Extra draff and pot ale syrup available for Scottish producers
Significant new quantities of draff and pot ale syrup are set to be available for Scottish producers from January 3, 2018, following a recent review of co-product activities at Diageo’s distilling operations. The additional draff supply will be distributed through KW Scotland. “To have more distillery co-product feeds...
Take extra care with forage budgeting this winter
15 Dec 2017
Take extra care with forage budgeting this winter
With warnings of a forage shortage in some parts of the country, as well as some variable forage qualities, producers are being warned to budget carefully and not wait until supplies are running low. “It’s tempting to live in hope that we get an early spring,” says Cargill ruminant nutritionist Philip Ingram. “But...
Dairy ration inconsistency could be costing 0.65ppl
15 Dec 2017
Dairy ration inconsistency could be costing 0.65ppl
Failure to ensure the ration that cows consume consistently matches formulation will undermine feed conversion efficiency, increase feed costs per litre, and substantially reduce herd profitability. That’s the warning from KW nutritionist Anna Sutcliffe. “Any day-to-day variation in ration makeup or nutrient supply...
Top honour for our Roger
04 Dec 2017
Top honour for our Roger
Roger Evans visited Buckingham Palace in late November to be presented with his OBE, for services to the dairy industry, by HRH The Prince of Wales. And he says that the trip to London, with his wife Ann, son David, and daughter Sally, was truly memorable. “It didn’t really sink in until the next day. It was all very...
Cattle handling range now available in the UK
04 Dec 2017
Cattle handling range now available in the UK
Harpers Farm Supplies, the agri-retailing division of Devon-based Harpers Feeds, has been appointed as Europe’s first dealer for Arrowquip’s range of livestock handling equipment. Two cattle handling systems are available in the UK – the entry level Com-Catch 61 Series crush and the market leading Q-Catch 86 Series...
Five-point clamp checklist to help improve next season’s silage
14 Nov 2017
Five-point clamp checklist to help improve silage
Producers looking to produce more milk from forage should view grass silage clamps as much more than just a forage store. Instead, open clamps provide an invaluable source of information, which can help improve silage-making next year. That is the message from Volac’s silage specialist Derek Nelson, who says silage...
It could pay to push butterfat levels this winter
14 Nov 2017
It could pay to push butterfat levels this winter
Given the increased demand for butter on the wholesale market, pushing butterfat levels by manipulating in winter rations could add £2,400 to the monthly milk cheque. Consumers are switching back to butter and away from margarine and this, coupled with the influence of more baking programmes on TV, has seen a surge in...