28 Mar 2019
Motor-less cow brush offers lower-cost grooming
A motor-less swinging brush, designed to help cows to satisfy their need to scratch and groom themselves, has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Jolly Cow brush hangs down, vertically, and moves mechanically 180° through one plane. Cows push it against gravity to groom both the top of their backs and along their sides...
25 Mar 2019
Plan buffer requirements now key to tackling silage shortages
With the impact of summer 2018’s dry weather still being felt on dairy units across the country, correct buffer feeding this spring will be critical to maximising cow performance, both through the grazing season and next winter. “Silage shortages are the biggest concern for most, with the worst affected areas in the...
21 Mar 2019
Grassland investment offers good ROI
Additional milk production generated from improved grassland can provide a healthy return on investment within a year, but factors including soil health and fertility are also critically important to maximising the benefits. So said specialists speaking at a grass management knowledge exchange day, held at Four...
20 Mar 2019
App offers remote monitoring of milking robots
A smartphone app, which allows producers to remotely monitor the performance of their automatic milking systems, has been launched by Fullwood Packo. The M2erlinInfo app enables users to view real-time and historical data of each cow’s milking records, or for the herd as a whole, from any location and at any time via...
14 Mar 2019
Grass reseeding off to an early start
Producers across England and Wales have been out earlier than usual drilling grass leys this year, taking advantage of the mild weather and keen to make up the forage shortfall caused by summer 2018’s drought. “Grass is usually reseeded from mid-March onwards,” says Oliver Seeds Rod Bonshor. “But recently soil...
13 Mar 2019
Grass and forage handbook – with added herbs
Limagrain UK has published its latest Sinclair McGill grass and forage crop handbook for 2019/20 and has added its new multi-species herbal grazing mixture for use in all livestock grazing systems. Fuelled by the success of its herbal mixture Lambtastic, typically used in lamb finishing systems, Limagrain has...
12 Mar 2019
Oxygen-barrier film helps improve silage quality
An oxygen-barrier silage film that has been developed to reduce dry matter losses and eliminate mould and bacteria growth – and improve silage quality – has been launched by ARK Agriculture. OXY SEAL is manufactured using an extrusion system. “It is incredibly strong and robust, and, as a single sheet film, it is...
10 Mar 2019
Take steps to tackle chickweed this spring
Treat chickweed now and reseed any bare patches to ensure as much grass grows as possible this spring. That’s the advice from Corteva Agriscience’s Nicola Perry. “Chickweed germinates in late winter. reaching an early peak in March,” she says. “Its sprawling habit, with long trailing stems and many soft green leaves,...
08 Mar 2019
Dairy marketing hits the big screen
Cinema advertising will be used for the first time in AHDB and Dairy UK’s £1.2 million consumer marketing campaign, which will run nationwide for 10 weeks from mid-March.  Now in its second year, the promotional activity will also include videos on social media and on-demand TV, alongside digital outdoor advertising...