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February 2018

Sourcing Beef Calves : Choosing the Calf

By Eimear Diamond 2 years ago

Increasing numbers of dairy x beef calves are opening up new avenues for beef farmers, but how do you decide what will best suit your system?

New grass seed mixture for 2018!

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

To celebrate 100 years in agriculture we have developed a limited edition Centenary Grass Seed Mix.

High Sugar Grasses – Green money?

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

Whilst developed several decades ago, research into high sugar grasses and their proposed benefits has been continual. But where do they differ from normal grasses? Firstly, their “higher sugar” levels are delivered through greater water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) levels within the grass. These WSC’s are present within the plant’s cells as opposed to the cell walls, where they take longer to be broken down for energy in the rumen. Higher WSC content within the grasses offers a greater amount of readily available energy within the cow’s diet, allowing for more efficient utilisation of dietary proteins in the rumen.

NEW Countryside Productivity Grant Scheme

By Rosy.Harding 2 years ago

The Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme is now open for farmers in England to help fund the purchase of new equipment. It is open to bids of between £3,000 and £12,000, and the window closes on 14th March 2018.

Take no chances with your maize crop in 2018

By Simon Pope 2 years ago

Top 10 questions to ask yourself this March to maximise the potential of your maize crop.

Careful planning of maize crops will pay off

By Simon Pope 2 years ago

Livestock producers growing maize this year are encouraged to undertake proper planning for the crop, to ensure the best possible return on investment.

Consistency = Persistency in cows

By Huw McConochie 2 years ago

Think of the cow as a production unit. Procurement is where the cow consumes the feed which must pass a strict quality control test. The feed is passed on to the manufacturing department - also known as the rumen. The rumen produces the raw materials required for the production of milk. These are then passed on to the packaging and shipping department, also known as the mammary gland. In the mammary gland the glucose, lipids, proteins and minerals are packaged and secreted. As nutritionist, consultants and dairy men, we tend to concentrate our efforts on the rumen and digestive tract. However, no matter how many nutrients are produced in the rumen, if the mammary gland is not able to package them they will be deposited as fat, protein and carbohydrate reserves. This is wasteful, energetically expensive and may affect any subsequent lactation.

Support from the Welsh government to eradicate BVD in Welsh herds

By CorrinaJeffreys 2 years ago

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) continues to negatively impact herd performance and productivity across many Welsh farms and is estimated to cost beef farmers £45 per cow per year. Support is now available by the Welsh Government to reduce the financial burden of BVD as they launched a new scheme on the 1st of September 2017 that will run for three years. Free blood sampling will now be available for youngstock during routine TB tests in order to identify infected herds with additional financial support of up to £500 available for herds found to be infected.

Focus on... Teat Health

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 2 years ago

One of the main causes of teat damage is the milking process, with excessive pressure being applied to the teats from the liners, and an inadequate resting phase at the end of milking, often responsible.

Fertiliser market update - Feb 2018

By Dave Mitchell 2 years ago

This month fertiliser procurement activity is likely to increase across grassland regions of the UK. Although the poor weather is keeping some growers quiet, the market is starting to heat up and there is plenty of spring fertiliser still to be purchased.