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...
07 Oct 2019
Good maize yields, but quality looks variable
Early analysis results suggest that maize quality in the clamp may be affected by the variable conditions throughout the growing season. Analysis of more than 30 samples taken in mid-September, from across the Midlands and South Wales, suggest the dry matter (DM), starch and metabolisable energy (ME) may be lower than...
04 Oct 2019
Free calf-health and management advice
Producers can learn more about reducing calf losses, the impact of early disease detection, calf nutrition, and maximising growth performance at a free open-farm event later this month. Pneumonia and scours are the main causes of calf mortality and, with producers under pressure to reduce antibiotic use, maximising...
01 Oct 2019
Dairy campaign scoops international award
A UK dairy marketing campaign, jointly funded by AHDB and Dairy UK, has won the International Milk Promotion Group Yves Boutonnat Trophy at the World Dairy Summit in Istanbul. The ‘Department of Dairy Related Scrumptious Affairs’ campaign was chosen from a shortlist of three contenders, including the French and Swiss...
27 Sep 2019
Cash prize for dairy-training award winner
Devon-based producer Sophie Bould-Lynch has won the West Country Dairy Awards, scooping the top prize of £2,000 to spend on training and development. Sophie works at her partner’s dairy and beef unit, in Buckland Monachorum, and also relief milks for two other dairy herds. Degree course She balances this with studying...
25 Sep 2019
Adsorbent helps minimise mycotoxicosis risk
A mycotoxin adsorbent, developed to be effective against the 11 most commonly occurring mycotoxins in animal feeds, has been launched to market by UFAC-UK. Combining activated clay minerals with glycerine, the company claims that Mycotrap offers enhanced mycotoxin control and improved liver function when added to cow...
20 Sep 2019
Molasses blend boosts robot visits
A super-filtered molasses blend has been shown to increase both daily visits to robot milking systems and increase milk production. “Optimising voluntary visits per day is vital to drive maximum performance from robotic milking systems,” explains ED&F Man’s Phil Holder. “Robo-Mol has been developed to help...
17 Sep 2019
Fertiliser policy is key to multi-cut silage success
Producers planning to adopt a multi-cut approach to grass silage making should be mindful of their fertiliser application policy in order to maximise the benefits. This was the advice of Germinal GB’s Ben Wixey, speaking at UK Dairy Day, where feedback from producers and reports from the trade pointed to the ever...
15 Sep 2019
Three-point plan to help control farm rodents
Producers are being urged to follow a three-point rodent control plan this autumn, to avoid significant infestations later in the year. Thorough farm checks, consistent baiting schedules, and the use of effective baits will all be key to an effective control plan, according to BASF. Target rodents “Thorough...
13 Sep 2019
Test and replenish soils after high-yielding season
With many producers seeing forage yields that were 50% higher than 2018, the removal of key nutrients from soil resources will be considerable this year, according to CF Fertilisers’ George Fisher. So replenishing those levels will be vital. Phosphorus, potassium and sulphur may have been significantly depleted in...