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December 2017

Arable and Forage resolutions for 2018: Part 3

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

In part 3 of our New Year’s Resolutions blogs for 2018, the Arable & Forage Inputs Team look to the coming year – highlighting their top tips for increasing productivity and making margins in 2018.

Arable and Forage resolutions for 2018: Part 2

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

In part 2 of our New Year's Resolutions blogs for 2018, the Arable & Forage Inputs Team look ahead to 2018 – highlighting their top tips for increasing Study your soil!productivity and making margins in the New Year.

Cows are creatures of habit: consistency on farm

By Huw McConochie 2 years ago

The need for consistency is everywhere on our dairy farms. On my travels I see inconsistencies on a daily basis which affect the performance and profitability of cows. Standard protocols or operating procedures (SOPS) are essential. These are great ways of achieving consistency but need to be implemented and allowed to evolve in a bottom up as well as on a top down basis. Enforced and rigid protocols and procedures put in place by management often fail if the people actually doing the work are not included at the initial conceptual stage. It is also important to allow SOP’s and protocols to evolve as this will encourage continuous improvement; close monitoring of the results is essential.

Arable and Forage resolutions for 2018: Part 1

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

In part 1 of our New Year's Resolutions blogs for 2018, the Arable & Forage Inputs Team look ahead to 2018 – highlighting their top tips for increasing productivity and making margins in the New Year.

Cudding Dairy Cows

By Martin 2 years ago

Rumination and cudding are essential for efficiency and health. A beautiful example of this is the story of cow named Selz-Pralle Aftershock 3918. Interestingly her owner had not realised quite how special a cow she was.

How to prevent Coccidiosis in calves

By Sandy.Wilson 2 years ago

Coccidiosis is caused by an invasion and destruction of the cells lining within the intestine by the protozoan parasite; Eimeria spp. There are approximately a dozen strains but only 3 are thought to cause disease, these being E. bovis, E. zuernii and E. alabamensis. The oocyst can lay dormant in buildings or within soil for long periods of time due the protozoa being resistant, having a hardened shell-like appearance.

The role of B vitamins on liver function in transition cows

By Alasdair Taylor 2 years ago

Transition periods for dry cows can create lots of issues post calving if not managed carefully. Looking at the vitamin balance of the transition diet is one factor that can influence how well fresh cows handle their body's increased demands for energy.

LifeStart Symposium - Breaking down barriers

By Eimear Diamond 2 years ago

Monday 16th October saw myself and Jessica Charlton (Wynnstay Calf specialist) boarding a plane, headed for Holland and the Trouw Nutrition Lifestart Symposium.

Heat detection using progesterone assessment

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

Most dairy farms use behaviour as the indicator of heat or oestrus, whether increased activity associated with oestrus is detected automatically by collars or pedometers, or by observation of typical behaviour.

Success at the Cheshire County Farms Competition

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

The annual Cheshire County Farms Competition awards ceremony was held on the evening of the 10th of November this year and several of the farmers we work with either won or were placed highly at the event. The competition, which is one of the oldest established farming competitions held anywhere in the UK, has the objective to encourage ‘pride and healthy competitiveness in all aspects of farming and uphold the tradition of best-practice farming in Cheshire’. It spans over 23 separate categories recognising a variety of farming disciplines.