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,”...
18 Jun 2020
Fund to support dairy producers opens for applications
Defra's dairy response fund has opened today (June 18) for applications from eligible dairy producers in England who are in need of support following the coronavirus outbreak. To be eligible for support from the fund, producers need to demonstrate that they have suffered a reduction in the average price paid for their...
17 Jun 2020
Reduce plastic use and protect wholecrop silages
Maximising the nutritional value of wholecrop wheat, barley and rye will be doubly important in 2020, according to Horizon Seeds’ Jim Juby. “Feed of all types will be in short supply this year, due to the cold spring that limited early grass growth and then the May drought. Clamp management “So producers must ensure...
16 Jun 2020
Detect sub-clinical mastitis quickly and easily
Dairy Spares has extended its range of electronic sub-clinical mastitis detectors by adding a product that has four sample cups, instead of one. This means that a milk sample can be collected from each teat more quickly and easily. The analysis results, from all four samples, are shown simultaneously and allow easy...
15 Jun 2020
Options for minimising forage shortfalls
Producers concerned about forage shortfalls, following an exceptionally dry May, could include summer-drilled brassica fodder crops as part of a wider strategy and take some pressure off silage clamps this coming autumn and winter. So says Germinal GB’s Helen Mathieu, referring to the impact that recent drought...