18 Dec 2018
Pilot study launched to help control feed waste
A pilot study to assess the total level of feed waste on farm, which experts believe could total as much as 45%, has been launched by Alltech. There are multiple areas where feed waste can occur, from in the field, during storage and feeding out, through to metabolic and environmental aspects when fed to the cow,...
14 Dec 2018
Maximise cow metabolic status to improve embryo quality
Limiting body condition score loss around calving will increase the likelihood of a cow producing a high-quality embryo 120 days later and boost overall herd fertility. So says Jo Leroy, from the University of Antwerp, who explained to delegates, at Mole Valley Farmers’ Lifetime Dairy Conference, that the oocyte (egg...
13 Dec 2018
Lick bucket helps to support calf health and growth
A controlled-intake lick bucket, for calves and young stock, has been launched by Rumenco. The calf’s immune system is not fully developed until eight months of age, so any additional nutritional support that can be offered will be beneficial to animal health and performance, according to the company’s Mark Scott....
12 Dec 2018
System makes tube feeding easier
A tube-feeding system has been introduced to the UK by Dairy Spares. Developed by New-Zealand company Antahi, the Flexi Tuber includes a head-strap that helps to hold the tube in place in the animal’s mouth and makes it easier to administer colostrum/milk/rehydration fluid. It is suitable for use when feeding calves...
10 Dec 2018
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07 Dec 2018
Re-designed subsoiler offers improved stone protection
OPICO is launching a re-design of its popular Sward-Lifter grassland subsoiler, with a strengthened frame to make it the most robust model yet. The cutting disc, opens the sward in front of the subsoiler leg, is now also mounted on a spring-loaded trailing arm. This enables it to ‘trip’ out of the way of obstacles...
05 Dec 2018
Herbicide combination offers effective weed control in grass leys
Producers can increase grass dry matter yields - by up to 15% - when using a weed control programme, from Nufarm, that’s set to be launched at Dairy-Tech 2019. Promising a return on investment of to up to 14:1, Pasture Pack controls the key weeds found in established leys for both silage and grazing. These include...
03 Dec 2018
Watch out for acid loading in winter TMRs
Early forage analyses suggest the acid loading effect of many grass and maize silages will be high in TMRs this winter.  “While many grass silages have a higher overall D-value this year, they also have a set of characteristics that could make them difficult to utilise effectively,” says FiveF Alka’s Robert Cockroft....
30 Nov 2018
Rumen efficiency and feed value critical to margins this winter
Maximising rumen efficiency – and using best value feeds to do so – is key to boosting income over feed costs (IOFC) this winter. So says KW nutritionist Charlotte Ward. “Between 60% and 70% of the energy, and 50% and 70% of the protein, used by the cow comes from rumen microbes,” she says. “So formulating rations...
28 Nov 2018
Put a spring in your step
Dairy Spares has extended its Border range of Wellingtons with the launch of the Warrior boot. Available both as a soft-toe and a safety boot, the boots are made of lightweight durable polyurethane, are comfortable to wear, have an anti-slip tread, and will keep feet warm in winter and cool during the summer. More...