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September 2016

Maize open day gives reason to be positive

By Pinstone 3 years ago

The importance of early maturing varieties and total plant digestibility was stressed at a maize open day in Bangor on Dee where farmers got the opportunity to see the latest developments and test their forage maize for feed quality ahead of harvest.

Grass Watch Report - 23rd September 2016

By Steve Brown 3 years ago

Average GB grass growth rates have continued to decline this week to 52 kg DM/ha/day, down from 55 kg DM/ha/day last week. The potential grass DM intake has also fallen to 6.6 kg/day. This is down 1.3 kg/day in comparison to last week. The continued decrease in potential grass DM intake and a slight reduction in average grass ME has put further pressure on milk yield from grazing, with the current average at -1.3 litres/day. However it is important to note there is a range in the data from -9.9 litres/day to 9.1 litres/day.

Autumn spraying key to grass weed control

By Pinstone 3 years ago

Prioritising herbicide applications on newly drilled grass leys this autumn will be more effective than waiting until the spring and hold potential saving for farmers.

Attention to detail can add value to maize silage

By Pinstone 3 years ago

As farmers look to harvest their maize crops, attention to detail will pay dividends, guaranteeing a good looking crop in the field and resulting in a quality silage in the clamp.

Don’t let crop nutrition be an afterthought

By Dave Mitchell 3 years ago

As harvest comes to the end, growers are turning their attention to decisions on rotations, seed varieties, and crop establishment.

Grass Watch Report - 16th September 2016

By SophieHughes 3 years ago

Grass growth rates have fallen this week to 55 kg DM/ha down from 64 kg DM/ha last week, indicating we may have reached the peak of the autumn grass flush. There has also been a fall in the potential grass DM intake to 7.9 kg/d down 2 kg/d compared to last week. The fall in potential grass DM intake, influenced by factors including bite weight, grazing time and spoilage have contributed to a drop in the potential milk yield to 1.5 litres per day. This is 4.9 litres lower in comparison to last week, highlighting that it remains important to adjust buffer feeding to avoid excessive body condition loss.

Things We Should Be Doing To Improve Our Business

By Huw McConochie 3 years ago

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Preparation For Tupping

By Ceri 3 years ago

Farmers want a high lambing percentage to increase profits, but poor planning can lead to poor performance. For success in tupping season, plan for healthy pregnancies: adopt a he

althy nutrition plan and assess the body condition of ewes. This will encourage higher ovulation rates, twin and triplet births, and lower rates of aborted pregnancies.

Cattle Parasite Clean Out For Housing

By Ceri 3 years ago

Throwing down a challenge to beef rearer-finishers, the Scottish Rural University College (SRUC) has reported that cattle killed after 12-15 month of age "eat their own profits". Based on data from seven abattoirs over 12 years, they found that reducing slaughter age would improve beef profitability, regardless of breed. Savings on feed, bedding and labour costs made significant contributions to the figures.

Grass Watch Report - 9th September 2016

By Steve Brown 3 years ago

For the third week running we have seen an uplift in average grass growth rate to 64 kg DM/ha, an increase of 11 kg DM/ha compared to last week. This is following the expected “autumn flush” with warm and damp weather helping to keep grass growing. We have also seen a drop in grass dry matter, from 16.3% last week to 14.9% in this week’s report. There has also been a slight drop in grass ME, which coupled with a lower potential grass dry matter intake, has caused a drop in potential milk yield from grazing to 6.4 litres, a reduction of 2.6 litres from last week. It is important to ensure that buffer feeding is adjusted to account for this to avoid excessive body condition loss which can be so costly in terms of lost milk production through the first months of winter.