Plantain offers high performance for UK herds
15 May 2018
Plantain offers high performance for UK herds
Limagrain UK has added highly-prolific plantain variety Tuatara to its portfolio. Bred in New Zealand and used widely by both cattle and sheep producers, the variety has established a reputation as a high yielding and high feed quality forage. Trialled by the company in 2017, it out-performed the control variety,...
Protect livestock from flies to prevent production losses
04 May 2018
Protect livestock from flies to prevent production losses
Protecting livestock against flies this spring is important to prevent major production losses. So says Zoetis’ vet Dave Armstrong, who adds that although flies may not become an apparent problem in stock until early summer, treating before high numbers are seen will make control easier and more effective. “Early...
Undersow arable silage to boost 2018 forage
03 May 2018
Undersow arable silage to boost 2018 forage
Producers should consider growing an arable silage and grass mixture to boost forage this summer and autumn. So says DLF Seeds’ Nick Duggan. “The cold and wet spring has left many producers extremely short of both fresh and conserved grass. Grass growth remains well behind where it would be in a more typical year,...
Dairy-Tech date for 2019
30 Apr 2018
Dairy-Tech date for 2019
Plans for a second Dairy Tech event have been confirmed, with stand sales launched in April. The 2019 show will be held at Stoneleigh Park and will take place on Wednesday 6 February.  RABDF chairman Mike King said that the feedback from both visitors and exhibitors at this year’s show had exceeded everyone’s...
Free forage quality clinic at Grassland UK
26 Apr 2018
Free forage quality clinic at Grassland UK
KUHN Farm Machinery will be hosting a forage quality clinic at this year’s Grassland UK event to help producers to  improve the quality of, and get the most from, their baled forage.  The ‘best practice’ workshop, at the Bath & West Showground near Shepton Mallet on May 10, will focus on the importance of bale...
Supply industry raising funds for farming charity
23 Apr 2018
Supply industry raising funds for farming charity
The UK’s grain and feed merchants are pulling together to raise a target of £100,000 for the Farming Community Network (FCN), by cycling in a relay around the principal feed mills, ports, grain stores and supply trade businesses sites in the UK. “A significant number of businesses only have the opportunity exist...
Biological control solution launched to combat nuisance flies
17 Apr 2018
Biological control solution launched to combat nuisance flies
A biological control solution for nuisance flies, which can also form part of a long-term sustainable programme, has been launched by farm vet practice, Lambert, Leonard and May. Parasitic or ‘friendly’ flies allow producers to take a proactive and cost-effective approach to issues caused by biting and nuisance flies...
Balance grazing nutrient supply or risk losing yield
13 Apr 2018
Balance grazing nutrient supply or risk losing yield
Failing to correctly balance the nutrient supply from grazing, and preventing sub-acute ruminal acidosis (SARA) at turnout, can cut feed intakes by 5%, or more, and potentially reduce daily milk yields by up to 2.5 litres per cow. So says KW nutritionist Charlotte Ward. “Inadequate or poorly formulated buffer rations...
Review turnout feeding plans to maximise the milk cheque
11 Apr 2018
Review turnout feeding plans to maximise the milk cheque
With milk processors putting increasing emphasis on milk constituent levels, producers are being advised to mitigate against a drop in butterfat and protein levels to avoid costly contract penalties. "The 'standard' litre price for some manufacturing contracts is now based on achieving butterfat at 4.2% and protein at...
Reinvest in grass leys to avoid forage shortage
11 Apr 2018
Reinvest in grass leys to avoid forage shortage
Producers should consider adding Westerwolds to their grass leys this spring, to prevent forage shortages later in 2018 and to help set them up for a better season next year. So says DLF’s technical manager David Rhodes, who adds that 2017’s wet autumn meant that producers were unable to reseed leys and many hectares...