07 Aug 2020
Vaccinate calves against bacterial pneumonia this autumn
Vets are urging producers to consider vaccinating valuable herd replacements pre-housing this autumn. M haemolytica was, by far, the most commonly diagnosed cause of pneumonia in housed dairy calves in winter 2019. Common bacterial “And, according to recent AHPA surveillance data for England and Wales, pneumonia...
31 Jul 2020
Survey set to tackle ‘super rat’ issue
A survey has been launched to establish the extent to which resistant ‘super rats’ are breeding in the UK. And it should also help producers to better control rodent infestations. Research published by the University of Reading's Vertebrate Pests Unit suggests that resistance is spreading, due to the use of...
30 Jul 2020
Green light for October’s Dairy Show
Producers will finally be able to get out and about to meet colleagues, view the latest kit and hear from expert speakers, with the news that the Dairy Show will go ahead on October 7. Following the Government’s recent announcement that business events can recommence from October, the Royal Bath & West Society has...
29 Jul 2020
Take steps to mitigate summer teat health challenges
Maintaining strict teat hygiene management during the summer months is vital to prevent deteriorating skin condition, as well as high bacteria loading and an increased risk of mastitis. So says Deosan’s Alison Cox, who is urging producers to address summer challenges and adapt hygiene practices to support the...
23 Jul 2020
PFLA publishes updated certification standards
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association has published its latest set of certification standards, listing what cattle and sheep producers must do to apply the ‘Pasture for Life’ marketing symbol on their produce. The Pasture for Life rosette guarantees the animals were 100% pasture-fed and managed in a way that...
15 Jul 2020
Arla and Sainsbury’s launch integrated beef programme
Arla has partnered with Sainsbury’s in a voluntary scheme that will see the dairy co-operative’s producer owners receive a guaranteed price for their calves, when producing Aberdeen Angus beef for the retailer’s premium ‘Taste the Difference’ range. The scheme, working in a collaboration with beef processor ABP...
09 Jul 2020
Virtual dairy training course now open for applications
A specialist business course for aspiring dairy producers, which offers expert training and a networking opportunity, is now open for applications. The Entrepreneurs in Dairying (EID) course is designed to offer specialist instruction focusing on business efficiency and the key factors involved with working and...
30 Jun 2020
Milk advertisement back on TV screens
The first TV advertisement promoting milk to air for 20 years will make its debut this week. As part of the £1 million joint-funded dairy marketing campaign, the advertisement will feature a selection of iconic milk campaigns seen on screens during the past seven decades, as well as some new faces. Key role The...
28 Jun 2020
Take steps to control thistles in grassland
Now is the time to tackle thistles in grass leys. Fields filled with 10% thistles produce 10% less grass to feed to livestock, according to Corteva Agriscience’s Nicola Perry. “As early grass growth has been poor in many parts, forage supply might not meet the demands of grazing cattle,” she says. Translocated...
23 Jun 2020
Early grass silage results indicate good quality
With more than 600 first-cut grass silage samples now analysed at its laboratory in Ashbourne, Trouw Nutrition GB says that early indicators are that quality is good. “But, as ever, the key to making the most of grass silage will be regular analysis throughout the season combined with careful balancing of the diet,”...