18 Jul 2019
Imported vaccine could help to reduce Mycoplasma Bovis
A vaccine is now available that can help producers to prevent Mycoplasma Bovis – the number-one cause of pneumonia in calves. This infection is difficult to identify and treat in the early stages and, until now, the only preventative option was creating an expensive – and narrowly targeted – autogenous vaccine. But...
17 Jul 2019
Place grass seed orders early to secure best varieties
Grass seed shortages, for top varieties, are being predicted this autumn due to the unprecedented drought seen in 2018 across the UK and Europe. “Any shortfall from the 2018 harvest will continue until new seed is available in spring,” says  Cope Seeds’ Simon Travers. Shortage forecast “Shortages from the severely...
15 Jul 2019
Buffer feeding critical to maintaining fertility
Maintaining fertility for July and August calvers needs to be a top priority this summer. So says KW ruminant technical manager Charlotte Ward. According to one study, pregnancy rates between 55% and 70% were recorded for summer calvers, compared to between 85% and 92% for those calving in winter. Lower fertility “...
12 Jul 2019
Producers to trial industry’s first 3D scanning systems to improve cow welfare
A 3D scanning tech trial, which will help producers to identify changes in their cow’s physical wellbeing, mobility and weight – even before they are visible to the human eye – has been launched by farmer-owned airy cooperative Arla The technology, Herdvision, has been developed by Kingshay in partnership with the...
10 Jul 2019
Watch out for headflies from mid-July
Producers are being warned to look out for the annual emergence of headflies from mid-July, as these are a major irritant to pastured cattle. These flies are active until late September, mating and depositing eggs in pasture soil and leaf litter, until colder weather kills them off. Nuisance flies Headflies, with...
01 Jul 2019
Workshops focus on autumn grazing
A series of workshops to help producers plan autumn grazing has been organised by AHDB Dairy. Led by a Pasture to Profit consultant, the nation-wide workshops will explore target autumn grass covers, flat versus steep wedges, and optimising production by maximising grazing. Grazing plan By the end of the workshop,...
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
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...