Greener maize crops may need preservation rethink
12 Sep 2017
Greener maize crops may need preservation rethink
More than three quarters of long-term forage maize growers are now harvesting the crop greener than they used to. Yet a substantial number have not changed how they preserve their crops. These were among the key findings of an Ecosyl survey of how producers approach forage maize harvest and how the crop is ensiled....
Boost spring growth by ‘shattering’ compaction this autumn
12 Sep 2017
Boost spring growth by ‘shattering’ compaction this autumn
Act now to remove soil compaction in grassland and gain next spring from an earlier turnout and increased grass production. That’s the advice from agronomist Ian Robertson, of Sustainable Soil Management. “The deeper soil compaction caused by heavy machinery can reduce grass dry matter yields by up to 25%. This...
Post-calving management key to protecting early lactation performance
09 Aug 2017
Post-calving management key to early lactation performance
Losing even 10% of milk output during early lactation, due to poor post-calving nutrition and management, can cut income for a 9,000-litre-average herd by £126 per cow. So says KW nutritionist Matt Witt, adding that that amounts to more than £25,000 a year across 200 cows. “And that’s also without even considering the...
09 Aug 2017
Milking sleeve keeps forearms warm, dry and protected
Dairy Spares has introduced a milking sleeve into the UK from New Zealand. Dry Cuffs are made from 3-mm thick neoprene ‘wetsuit’ material, and fit closely around the wrist to keep forearms warm, dry and protected. The neoprene cuffs are ideal for milking and also for a range of outdoor activities where forearms...
Inoculant offers rapid preservation and open-clamp stability
05 Jul 2017
Inoculant offers rapid preservation and open-clamp stability
A silage inoculant for fermented wholecrop, which claims dual action for rapid preservation and open-clamp stability, has been launched. Envirosystems’ OptiSile Wholecrop is a combination of three bacterial strains. For vigorous lactic acid fermentation and maximum nutrient preservation, one is the widely-used...
Flexible tube reduces colostrum feeding stress
04 Jul 2017
Flexible tube reduces colostrum feeding stress
The benefits of feeding colostrum or milk with a tube that is flexible throughout its whole length, has been demonstrated in a trial. Compared to a ‘rigid’ feeder, the full-length flexibility of the Trusti Tuber allowed feeding to be done more quickly. And calves also showed fewer behavioural and physical signs of...
It’s not too late to control buttercups
23 Jun 2017
It’s not too late to control buttercups
Producers with fields filled with unwanted yellow buttercups still have time to tackle this weed and should spray them with Envy, a new broad-spectrum herbicide from Dow AgroSciences. “In the past we have always urged producers to spray buttercups while they are still green and before they flower,” explains Dow...
UK firm set to export fresh milk to China
20 Jun 2017
UK firm set to export fresh milk to China
A Cheshire-based dairy could become the first UK company to export fresh milk to China – thanks to help from Reaseheath College. NEMI Dairy, based in Audlem near Nantwich, is in advanced discussions to sell its milk, which is naturally enriched with selenium, in major cities across the country. Founder and managing...
Global specialists fly in for calf conference
26 May 2017
Global specialists fly in for calf conference
Two speakers from the US and Spain will be sharing the latest research and practical advice on calf rearing at Mole Valley Farmers’ calf conference, which will be held on Monday 12 June at Westpoint in Exeter. Spanish research professor Alex Bach, from IRTA, and US dairy consultant Bob Corbett will be taking the stage...
Fast growing maize crops need urgent weed control
26 May 2017
Fast growing maize crops need urgent weed control
Maize growers need to watch out for a rapid flush of weeds in newly sown crops following the recent turn in weather conditions across much of the country. So says Grainseed’s Neil Groom. “The dry seedbeds common on many farms have kept the fields largely free from weeds, to date. But this will quickly alter after the...