24 Jun 2019
First Welsh Strategic Dairy farm announced
Rhual Dairy in Flintshire has been named as the first AHDB strategic dairy farm in Wales. Run by John and Anna Booth, as part of a shared farming partnership, the all-year-round calving 336-cow herd will host on-farm events, sharing best practice as well as technical and financial performance against AHDB’s key...
20 Jun 2019
Flexible cover reduces slurry emissions
An innovative and highly adaptable solution to covering slurry stores or lagoons of any size is now available in the UK from slurry management specialist Tramspread. Hexa-Cover is made from recycled polypropylene hexagonal segments, which fit together and float to create a flexible but effective cover. This...
19 Jun 2019
Health and welfare must be viewed as one
There must be a move away from thinking of farm animal ‘health’ and ‘welfare’ as separate issues, for the benefit of both animals and productivity, according to renowned US dairy welfare expert Jim Reynolds. Speaking at a dairy research collaboration event, hosted by Agri-EPI Centre, CIEL and VetPartners, Prof...
13 Jun 2019
Genomic test selects heifers based on disease risk
A genomic test that incorporates health and wellness traits, in addition to the production traits delivered by standard testing, has been launched by Zoetis. CLARIFIDE Plus is the first available dairy genetic evaluation specifically designed for cow and calf wellness traits in Holstein and Jersey cattle in the UK....
13 Jun 2019
Control docks between silage cuts
Producers may need to tackle dock infestations in silage fields during the next few weeks, as the early spring led to first cuts being taken before these tough perennial weeds could be treated. Where docks are present, weed control incurs a relatively small cost relative to the gain in extra grass and silage produced...
11 Jun 2019
Bucket range now includes ‘dumpy’ model
Dairy Spares has extended its range of general-purpose British-made and robust Lamina buckets. In addition to the kick-resistant pliable Flexi bucket, there is now a Rigid bucket. And both bucket types are now available in sizes from five to 15 litres. Popular design The five-litre Flexi bucket has been the UK’s most...
06 Jun 2019
Workshop will offer pointers to reduce heifer-rearing costs
The effects of poor calf health and nutrition on the lifetime performance of the dairy cow will be focus during a workshop at this year’s TotalDairy Seminar. Heifer rearing is the second highest cost linked to milk production, after feed, according to University of Nottingham’s Jean Margerison. "That said, if there...
03 Jun 2019
Inoculant allows quicker use of silage
A faster-acting silage inoculant has been introduced by Corteva Agriscience in time for silage operations this summer. Pioneer brand 11G22 Rapid React (RR) is for use on high dry matter grass, wholecrop cereal and lucerne silage crops. Compared to the original 11G22, the Rapid React product includes an additional new...
31 May 2019
Keep a close eye on butterfat levels at grass
The latest report on grass growth development across the UK has flagging a potential increased risk for milk fat depression and acidosis. “It’s common for butterfat depression to occur during spring turnout, as a result of the high unsaturated oil and low fibre content in spring grass, both of which can upset the...
29 May 2019
Book your place at bTB conference
The first Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy conference will be held on Wednesday June 26 at Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The organisers say that the event will offer delegates the opportunity to learn more about what can be done to reduce the risk and impact of bovine TB on your farm....