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November 2017

How to make the best of a multi cut system

By Mark Price 1 years ago

Forage quality is the biggest bottleneck on many farms, with every attempt made to improve the cheapest feed on the farm. Maximising milk production from whatever land you have available to you must be achieved to ensure sustainable margins from dairy production. For this reason, there has been a shift to more frequent and lighter cuts of grass silage, cutting every month through the growing season. The multi cut technique can be the holy grail of increased quality and a higher overall annual yield. With the monstrous appetites of modern grass harvesting equipment, it makes the most of short weather windows, producing rocket fuel silage. Sounds simple, but in practice, there can be some pitfalls that need to be avoided to fully utilise the technique. As we look back on the season gone, here are a few pointers to help make the most of the 2018 harvest season if you're thinking of trying a multi cut system.

RumiStar™: maximising starch availability from maize based diets

By Martin 1 years ago

In order to maximise profitability from the production of cow’s milk, farmers are increasingly focused on improving the efficiency of feed and animal production. One method to consider is the use of feed additives, such as RumiStar™, to optimise health and well-being.

Maize silage analyses indicates some crops harvested too late

By Simon Pope 1 years ago

When it comes to producing high quality maize silage harvest timing is key, and the results of 2017 analyses suggest that some growers may have left it late.

Attention to detail: a lesson in achieving great performance

By anna.roberts 2 years ago

We arrived at Larson Acres farm on a damp windy Wisconsin morning, unaware that what we were about to see could change our perception of attention to detail forever.

Restoring calcium and energy balance post calving

By CorrinaJeffreys 2 years ago

With the autumn/winter calving season upon us, it is important to consider ways to keep cows healthy at this crucial time. There are many challenges during the transition period but the biggest challenges can be the result of the metabolic changes that occur around calving and as the cow transitions into lactation. The main challenges are; trying to maintain hydration when water intake is reduced; mobilising calcium for colostrum and milk production; maintaining energy intake when dry matter intake is reduced.

Restoring calcium and energy balance post calving

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

With the autumn/winter calving season upon us, it is important to consider ways to keep cows healthy at this crucial time. There are many challenges during the transition period but the biggest challenges can be the result of the metabolic changes that occur around calving and as the cow transitions into lactation. The main challenges are; trying to maintain hydration when water intake is reduced; mobilising calcium for colostrum and milk production; maintaining energy intake when dry matter intake is reduced.

Tips for achieving high yields in late drilled wheat

By Richard.Torr 2 years ago

Winter wheat is still an option for many to consider between now and January. However, it is always advisable to make sure you are aware of the latest sowing date which is safe for your specific variety before considering spring crops as an alternative.

Getting ready for winter temperatures

By Steve Brown 2 years ago

Falling temperatures mean that calves will have less energy available for growth and for immune function. To maintain targeted performance, they will require additional feed and management.

Feeding maize to beef cattle

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Maize silage and crimped maize grain are used throughout the UK to efficiently feed beef cattle. Maize isn’t a suitable crop for growing in all parts of England as it is dependent on farm location, soil type, altitude and field aspect for good results. These variables must be analysed and considered carefully before deciding whether or not to grow the crop.

Better breathing for a healthy future

By Jessica Charlton 2 years ago

Calf pneumonia is one of the most common causes of illness and poor performance in housed calves from one to five months old.