26 Feb 2020
Flexible and tough range of PVC hosing launched
Dairy Spares has launched the febraflex range of ‘flexible and tough’ PVC hosing, which consists of three different colour-coded grades of piping to suit different purposes on the farm. Standard febraflex yellow hosing is ideal for use with water. Composed of five layers of PVC, its thickness helps to prevent twisting...
21 Feb 2020
Grassland machinery designed for undulating land
Machinery that promises to take silage making on undulating land in its stride is set to be launched at Grassland & Muck in May 2020. The range, from Fendt, which includes a mower and three tedders, will be demonstrated at the two-day event. Flexible movement The mower is suspended on a frame that provides more...
19 Feb 2020
Take steps to tackle chickweed now
Chickweed is now growing and can smother established grassland or young leys. So says Nicola Perry, grassland specialist with Corteva Agriscience, adding that its prostrate growing habit allows it to rapidly colonise any gaps in the sward. “Chickweed will be found in established grassland, often in damaged areas or...
15 Feb 2020
Fodder beet variety boosts home-grown feed value
Limagrain UK has introduced fodder beet variety Ribambelle – a triploid beet with red skin that ranks highly among fodder beet varieties for its high energy and medium dry matter contents. Field trial results show that this variety has an average dry matter of 16%, which makes it ideally suited for dairy or beef...
12 Feb 2020
Easy-to-use colostrum bags are also re-usable
A re-usable colostrum bag has been launched by Dairy Spares. The Trusti Colostrum Bag is the only re-usable bag on the market and is designed with a large surface area to speed freezing and thawing, a robust and convenient handle for holding or hanging, and a wide neck for faster filling and easier cleaning. Cost...
11 Feb 2020
Ayrshire-based producers lift 2019 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup
The Sloan family from Auchinleck, in Ayrshire, has won the 2019 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. Robert Sloan, who farms with his parents Bryce and Anne and wife Emma, runs the 180-cow Townlaw Holstein herd alongside the 60-cow Darnlaw Jersey herd, which was introduced in 2016. Robotic milking In 2011, to increase productivity...
07 Feb 2020
Tracking device for ATVs
Yamaha ATVs are now available with tracking devices supplied by partner and vehicle security specialist Datatool. The Datatool Stealth S5 device will be supplied, free of charge, with new ATV models to offer producers safety, security and peace of mind. Permanent record The technology is connected to satellites so...
03 Feb 2020
Use data to select optimum maize variety
A free selection guide has been published to help producers to identify the most suitable maize variety for their unit and help increase their return on investment in the crop. “With maize costing around £800 per hectare to grow, it is vital that producers maximise their return on this investment,” says LG Seeds’ Tim...
31 Jan 2020
Free milk-promotion banners up for grabs at Dairy-Tech 2020
Producers can help to promote the nutritional benefits of milk by grabbing a free Misson4Milk banner at Dairy-Tech on February 5, 2020. Misson4Milk, in partnership with Mole Valley Farmers, is giving away 100 banners at the event, which read: 'Are you getting enough?' and 'Full Fat Milk? Nope. Just 4% fat'. Farm gates...
23 Jan 2020
Maize seed treatment protects crops against bird damage
The loss of Mesurol as a maize seed treatment to prevent bird damage is likely to have a far-reaching effect on the industry, so KWS has come up with an alternative solution. INITIO Bird Protect has been launched for 2020, as standard, across all the company’s maize varieties. Active ingredients The seed treatment has...