28 Nov 2018
Red clover has potential to boost production
Including red clover in silage leys has the potential to boost dry matter production by more than two tonnes per hectare, per year, and increase nutritional quality in the clamp. So says Field Options’ Francis Dunne. Speaking at AHDB’s ‘Quality Silage from Seed to Feed’ event, held at Longden Manor in Shropshire, he...
26 Nov 2018
Maize silage analysis key to balancing varied starch levels
Early maize silage analyses results indicate varied quality, particularly when it comes to starch levels. So producers must test forage stocks and adequately balance rations to maximise cow health and productivity. That’s the message from Quality Liquid Feeds’ Rob Fowkes, who says that he is witnessing two main...
22 Nov 2018
Bright Brexit outlook for the dairy sector
The future, post-Brexit, looks bright for the dairy sector when compared to its beef and sheep counterparts. That was the consensus of speakers at the second RABDF business and policy conference, held in mid-November.  Producers with fewer than 100 cows could be in the most volatile position post Brexit, according to...
16 Nov 2018
Block complements brassica and fodder beet rations
A feed block, formulated to help balance diets that are high in brassicas and fodder beet, is to be launched just in time for the winter feeding season. Crystalyx Beet Balance is suitable for both dairy and beef cattle and offers good levels of calcium and phosphorus to balance the low levels found in fodder beet and...
14 Nov 2018
Focus on soils now to reap spring benefits
Producers should focus on soils this autumn, to help maximise grassland potential next spring. So says Wynnstay’s Sarah Evans, who adds that producers should be looking to improve grassland quality now because it will have a direct impact on productivity, profitability and feeding regimes in the spring. “And the...
Producers say they ‘could do better’ concerning calf health
13 Nov 2018
Producers say they ‘could do better’ concerning calf health
More than a third of UK beef and dairy calf rearers feel that they 'could do better' when it comes to calf health, according to a recent survey conducted by MSD Animal Health. A total of 749 UK producers responded to the national young stock survey and 45% of dairy producers in the group said that they had concerns...
05 Nov 2018
Grant funding available for computerised calf feeders
Dairy producers who are interested in a move to computerised calf feeding, or indeed replacing ageing machines, will soon be able to apply for a further round of grant funding under the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme (CPSGS). Following the £15 million made available in spring 2018, the Government has...
02 Nov 2018
Early maize analyses confirm feeding challenges
The welcome news of some high-quality maize silage needs to be tempered by the continued impact of this year’s forages on rumen health. So says Trouw Nutrition GB and its nutritionists are also warning producers against opening clamps too early. “The 2018 maize season was unusual with late planted crop following the...
01 Nov 2018
UK-grown protein feed now available
A UK-grown source of rapeseed protein, which the manufacturer claims is cost effective, sustainable, and an efficient alternative to soya, is now available. Following a multi-million-pound investment from the RCMA Group, a rapeseed processing plant has been built in Stratford-upon-Avon. This facility has the capacity...
01 Nov 2018
Early planning is key to ‘future proof’ dairy businesses
Producers must take early action and develop strategies to successfully navigate several challenges, which will affect financial returns during the next few years. So says Promar International, which announced the latest results from its Farm Business Accounts (FBA) service – the most comprehensive analysis of actual...