25 Oct 2019
Improve feed conversion efficiency and boost margins
Producers are being urged to keep a close eye on feed conversion efficiency this winter, with just a 0.1 change affecting milk yields by as much as two litres per cow per day. Alltech’s Louise Clarke says that many herds are not achieving the minimum target for feed conversion efficiency (FCE) of 1.5. “And this is...
22 Oct 2019
Energy boost for high yielders improves feed efficiency
An energy boosting feed product, which has been proven to improve milk production, has been launched by Cargill Animal Nutrition. Turbopro is a blend of rumen protected B vitamins and palatability enhancers and, in trails, it has been shown to boost milk production by 1.8kg per day in early lactation and by 1.2kg per...
17 Oct 2019
Tackle parasites at housing to avoid losses
Producers are being reminded of the importance of treating first- and second-season grazing heifers at housing for gutworms, as well as all infected cattle for fluke, to prevent problems getting out of control and causing production losses. West Sussex-base vet Maarten Boers, from The Livestock Partnership, says that...
14 Oct 2019
Refractometer added to calf-rearing range
A reliable and objective measure of the immunoglobulin/antibody content of colostrum has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Brix refractometer determines whether colostrum is of a suitable quality for a first feed to new-born calves, as well as for freezing for future use. Small sample Simple and convenient to use, a...
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...