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January 2018

New Countryside Stewardship offers released

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Following on from Michael Gove’s speech at the Oxford Farming Conference last month, the government launched four new Countryside Stewardship offers on 15th January 2018.

The consequences of feeding butyric silage

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

Negative energy balance during early lactation is a demanding physiological state for the cow at the best of times, and can be made worse through the feeding of butyric silage. The cow’s liver requires optimal condition as the demand for glucose increases from 1kg/d in late gestation to 2.5kg/d 3 weeks post calving. A successful transition determines the success of the subsequent lactation, with energy levels crucial to immune function during the transition period. The feeding of butyric silage, however, can increase the risk of ketosis in cows at all stages of lactation. This is often referred to as type III ketosis, which is the focus of this article.

42L cows on a 16% Crude Protein Diet... Are You Sure ?

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

Cows do not have a Crude Protein (CP) requirement, Varga et al (2007). Yet, for many years CP has been used when formulating diets, and this often continues to be the case. Cow’s have a requirement for Amino Acids (AA), not protein, and the supply of the AA is predominantly produced by the cow herself in Microbial Protein (MicP) in the rumen. Together with Rumen Undegradable Protein (RUP) and Endogenous Protein (EP), this makes up the supply of Metabolisable Protein (MP) to the small intestine. Both MP and the component AAs are then absorbed by the small intestine and used for protein synthesis and meeting the needs of the cow for: maintenance, growth, reproduction and lactation.

Fertiliser market update for the start of 2018

By Dave Mitchell 2 years ago

With the first fertiliser applications for 2018 not too far away, there is plenty of spring fertiliser still to be purchased by growers in the UK market. This means, as in previous years, fertiliser availability in terms of both product and delivery, will be subject to supply and demand.

Wynnstay's Lambing Tips 2018

By CorrinaJeffreys 2 years ago

Getting the ewe into fit condition

  • Monitor Body Condition Score (BCS).

Lowland ewes should reach a BCS of 2.5-3 and hill ewes 2-2.5 eight weeks before lambing and maintain it throughout.

Fat ewes are at risk of having dystocia and prolapse whilst too thin ewes are likely to have small sized lambs and insufficient milk.

Making margins – is home-grown forage worth it?

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

As we enter into a new year and turn our minds to the spring, many of you will be looking at your grassland and deciding what, where and whether to reseed. When considering your options, the emphasis will be on just how cost-effective reseeding is and whether you will see a difference to your bottom line.

State of play - spring seed availability in 2018

By Richard.Torr 2 years ago

The 2018 spring seed market continues to see tight seed supplies across the UK, with some of the most popular varieties selling out before the New Year.