16 Aug 2019
Portable slurry mixer puts safety first
German manufacturer Reck has developed a slurry mixer that fits between the slats in livestock housing, avoiding the need to remove slats and reducing the risks associated with mixing the slurry below. The company’s slatted floor mixer can be inserted through slats as narrow as 17mm and enables safe mixing with little...
16 Aug 2019
Submit your questions for first UK-wide consumer attitudes survey
Dairy producers and individuals working in UK agriculture are being invited to submit the burning questions they have about consumer attitudes towards the future of the industry. 
 
With the Agriculture Bill seemingly stalled in Parliament, the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) is...
13 Aug 2019
Tackle grassland weeds now
Controlling grassland weeds during the next few weeks, particularly this season’s dock infestation, could result in more milk from grass at turn out next spring, cut concentrate bills, and achieve a return on investment of 12:1. So says Nufarm’s Brent Gibbon. Herbicide application during August and September is often...
12 Aug 2019
Monitor for late-season parasitic disease in heifers
Producers are being urged to monitor young stock for parasitic infection as the grazing seasons progresses into autumn, to prevent costly production losses. First- and second-season grazing cattle are at highest risk because they will lack sufficient immunity to prevent disease in the face of challenge from gutworms....
06 Aug 2019
Roadshows will showcase value of genomic testing
Producers can hear about the impact that genomic testing has had on one US-based dairy unit later this month, in a series of roadshows across the UK. US-based producer Tom Oesch, from Swiss Lane Farms in Michigan, runs a 2,200 Holstein herd and all the cows have been genomically tested using Zoetis’ CLARIFIDE Plus....
01 Aug 2019
West Wales’ first strategic dairy farm announced
Pembrokeshire-based Tyddyn yr Eglwys Farm has been named as the first AHDB strategic dairy farm for West Wales. Managed by Hannah and Dylan Harries, the spring block-calving herd comprises 550 Friesian Jersey crosses, with 130 followers calving at 21 months of age each year. Launch event The couple will host a launch...
31 Jul 2019
Time to tackle woody weeds
Brambles, gorse, and broom are tough weeds that can grow quickly and invade areas that could be grazed. And now is the time to tackle them, according to Corteva Agriscience’s Nicola Perry. “These ‘woody’ weeds typically grow around the edges of fields and gateways,” she says. “And spot treatment is the best way to...
29 Jul 2019
Feed supplement meets transition cow requirements
Ensuring that transition and early lactation cows get off to the best start requires close attention to detail. So UFAC has launched a supplement that has been formulated to meet their specific nutritional requirements.   “We expect a transition cow to achieve an enormous amount in a very short time,” says the company...
24 Jul 2019
Consider growing forage crops for late autumn and winter feeding
Now is the time to plan which forage crops to sow for feeding to livestock this autumn and winter, according to Oliver Seeds’ Rod Bonshor. “Fast growing crops, such as Winfred forage rape and stubble turnips, need to be in the ground by mid-August and will provide grazing eight to 10 weeks after sowing,” he explains....
22 Jul 2019
Crimping cereals key to controlling black grass
Trails have shown that preserving cereals by crimping kills 100% of the black-grass seeds ensiled with the crop. The results of work by ADAS come as welcome news to both arable and grassland producers, who may be able to use crimping as a means of reducing the burden of black-grass on their units. Year-on-year decline...