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...
09 Sep 2019
Producer highlights herd's genomic success during UK roadshows
Genomic testing has helped to halve the vet bill on one US-based dairy unit. Producer Tom Oesch, from Swiss Lane Farms in Michigan, milks 2,200 Holsteins and all are genomically tested using CLARIFIDE Plus. UK roadshows And he’s been sharing the resulting improvements to his herd’s health and productivity during a...
05 Sep 2019
Inoculant allows maize to be fed one week after harvest
An inoculant for use on maize silage, which claims to allow the forage to be fed just seven days after harvest, has been launched by Pioneer, via Corteva Agriscience, in time for the 2019 harvest. The product, Pioneer Brand 11C33 Rapid React, contains an additional patented strain of next-generation Lactobacillus...
30 Aug 2019
Compact float valve available for smaller water troughs
A compact float valve, which is just 55mm wide and ideal for the automatic filling of smaller water troughs and tanks where space is limited, is now available from Dairy Spares. Manufactured by New Zealand-based Jobe Valves, both the Topaz compact float valve and the standard model deliver high flow rates of up to 200...
29 Aug 2019
One-shot opportunity to lock goodness into maize silage
There is enough energy in a hectare of fresh forage maize to support around 30,000 litres of milk production. But decisions at harvest can have a huge impact on how much of this energy is actually preserved in the silage, according to Volac’s Peter Smith One chance “There’s only one chance to get maize harvest and...
23 Aug 2019
Late summer feeding key to protecting winter milk income
Minimising body condition loss in early lactation cows through late summer feeding is critical if winter production and overall profitability are to be protected. So says KW nutritionist Anna Sutcliffe adding that, according to figures from Trouw Nutrition, the energy needed to replace 0.5 BCS equates to a daily milk...
22 Aug 2019
Auction set to raise funds to support farmers’ mental health
A ground-breaking farming campaign, originally launched in Ireland in 2018 to raise money for mental health charities, will host its first UK seminar and auction-based livestock event in Shropshire on Friday September 13, 2019. A mental health conference and workshop, hosted at the Halls Livestock Auction Centre in...
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...