13 Nov 2019
Maize-silage analyses reveal variable quality
While initial results for maize silage are encouraging, producers are being warned that later harvested crops will need careful monitoring. Reporting on the results from more than 870 samples received so far at its laboratory in Ashbourne, Trouw Nutrition GB’s Liz Homer says that the feed value of early harvested...
11 Nov 2019
Breeding tools help producers make better decisions
Two online tools that will help producers to select sires that better match their herd’s requirements and improve the accuracy of semen order volumes have been launched by AHDB Dairy. The ‘breeding trait selector’ allows producers to identify and prioritise the best genetic traits for their herd and the ‘breeding...
08 Nov 2019
Review hoof-care protocols at housing
Recent wet weather means cows’ feet may be softer at housing, which can lead to an increased risk of bruising from standing on concrete surfaces. So says vet Sara Pedersen, who explains that the transition into housing puts pressure on maintaining foot health, due to cows spending more time standing on concrete and...
05 Nov 2019
Efficiency – not output – is key to improving dairy profits
Driving milk output is not the magic bullet for improved dairy profits. So says Promar International, which is advising producers to focus closely on production efficiency rather than solely on yield. Announcing the latest results from its farm business accounts service, the most comprehensive analysis of actual dairy...
01 Nov 2019
Additive helps to support calf immunity
A feed additive rich that can support the immune and respiratory systems of ruminants, and particularly young animals, during critical periods in their development has been launched by Cargill. Pulmatop includes a carefully balanced mixture of powerful antioxidants, such as polyphenols, organic selenium and rumen-...
25 Oct 2019
Improve feed conversion efficiency and boost margins
Producers are being urged to keep a close eye on feed conversion efficiency this winter, with just a 0.1 change affecting milk yields by as much as two litres per cow per day. Alltech’s Louise Clarke says that many herds are not achieving the minimum target for feed conversion efficiency (FCE) of 1.5. “And this is...
22 Oct 2019
Energy boost for high yielders improves feed efficiency
An energy boosting feed product, which has been proven to improve milk production, has been launched by Cargill Animal Nutrition. Turbopro is a blend of rumen protected B vitamins and palatability enhancers and, in trails, it has been shown to boost milk production by 1.8kg per day in early lactation and by 1.2kg per...
17 Oct 2019
Tackle parasites at housing to avoid losses
Producers are being reminded of the importance of treating first- and second-season grazing heifers at housing for gutworms, as well as all infected cattle for fluke, to prevent problems getting out of control and causing production losses. West Sussex-base vet Maarten Boers, from The Livestock Partnership, says that...
14 Oct 2019
Refractometer added to calf-rearing range
A reliable and objective measure of the immunoglobulin/antibody content of colostrum has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Brix refractometer determines whether colostrum is of a suitable quality for a first feed to new-born calves, as well as for freezing for future use. Small sample Simple and convenient to use, a...
09 Oct 2019
Increased vaccine use could help to reduce antibiotic resistance
The number of calves in the UK that are being vaccinated key diseases has risen to one of the highest levels in seven years. With use of vaccines key in a number of RUMA’s Targets Task Force goals for antibiotic use, published in 2017, this is a sign that UK producers and vets are continuing to engage in what has...