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April 2018

Ready, Set, Grow!

By Rebecca Richards 2 years ago

The preweaning stage is the perfect opportunity to programme heifers for much greater mammary mass, fostering the ability to produce and secrete more milk in the future. In fact, over 1,500 genes within the functional tissue of the mammary gland can be influenced.

Grassmanship – good grass matters

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Grassmanship is a programme featuring a portfolio of products, that optimise grass production to give livestock farmers a clear cost benefit through increasing DM yield/ha.

Starch Means Nothing

By Mark Price 2 years ago

Starch levels are often seen as a measure of milk potential and rumen stability in diets, thus used as a benchmark when formulating diets.

In reality, starch levels in diets do not matter, because in isolation they don't tell you a great deal. Starch is only one of four energy sources to the rumen and furthermore, the degradability of starch sources greatly influences rumen dynamics.

A first look at this year's Arable Event

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Now in its fifth year, The Arable Event, has expanded its trial plantings and will be putting sprayer technology front and centre, with demonstrations of some of the latest kit from leading manufacturers.

Dietary consistency will help to optimise milk production

By Wynnstay Agriculture 2 years ago

Maintaining a consistent diet for milking cows should be the main objective day-to-day, yet, for several reasons this is often not achieved.

Many farmers and dairy specialists concentrate on increasing the cows dry matter (DM) intake. Whilst maximising DM intake is important, it requires much more than simply dumping a ration of essential nutrient in front of the cows. Providing a consistent diet in terms of nutrients and structure promotes stable intakes and maintains good rumen health.

Getting the results when reseeding your grassland

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

Quality home-grown forage will always be the cheapest feed available and by improving grass quality and quantity, you can reduce reliance on bought-in feeds, which is a good way to reduce the impact of volatility in feed prices and milk prices.

How are your transition cows dining?

By Ken March 2 years ago

The transition period for the dairy cow; three weeks prepartum, into three weeks postpartum is the most important phase in the lactation cycle. Rightly, transition management is receiving much greater attention and more importantly so is the nutrition.

Benchmarking – How Can It Help My Farm?

By Sian Rowlands 2 years ago

“So, how can farm benchmarking help my farm?” You may ask. Well, it can have great benefits in helping to make your farm business more profitable, resilient, and reach your long-term goals. It offers farms the chance to analyse and compare their performance with either themselves annually, or other farms of a similar size and enterprise mix. With the industries future uncertain and markets volatile thanks to a combination of Brexit and climate change amongst several other factors, benchmarking can help ensure the business is operating as efficiently as possible.

What makes a good calf rearer?

By Jessica Yeomans, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 2 years ago

During my visits on farm I have found a common topic keeps popping up- staff; lack of it and lack of quality staff. Recently we found ourselves without a calf rearer on the farm and, this got me thinking;

  • What makes a good calf rearer?
  • What qualities should we be looking for?
  • How can the right person improve performance of calves on the unit?

Gibberellins – solution to this season’s grass shortage

By Wynnstay Arable Team 2 years ago

NufarmGrass growth boosted by 20kg DM/ha/day: R&D findings