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May 2018

Unlocking your calves’ potential

By Wynnstay Dairy News 2 years ago

Trouw Nutrition GB Ruminant Specialist, Georgina Thomas, explains how the LifeStart Programme gives dairy producers the key to unlocking the full potential of their calves, leading to significant increases in herd productivity.

How to increase your efficiency and save the planet

By Sian Rowlands 2 years ago

Historically, dairy rations have generally formulated crude protein (CP) to the standard value needed to supply adequate feed nitrogen (N) in the cow’s diet, to help maintain the cow’s health, welfare and milk productivity.

More than just fat

By Rachel Gardner 2 years ago

Dietary fats are an essential element in dairy cow nutrition. Traditionally, fats have been fed to increase the dietary energy, due to their high energy concentration; around 2.25 times higher than other nutrients, molecules react with a glycerol molecule.

Can we manipulate persistency?

By Huw McConochie 2 years ago

During late gestation and early lactation, the mammary gland produces large numbers of secretory cells with the ability to secrete milk.

This is done in response to changes in circulating hormones and growth factors. The demise of the secretory capability of the mammary gland during mid to late lactation is unavoidable in the pregnant cow and ends with the process of involution when the cow is dried off. The rate of decline is known as persistency.

Multi Cut Does Not Lead to Consistent Silage

By Mark Price 2 years ago

There has been a big push in recent years to cut grass for silage at shorter intervals (typically 28 days), to maximise energy and protein yield. The principal definitely leads to better silage quality, reducing bought in feed costs per litre of milk produced. This system has been made much easier with the availability of high capacity harvesting equipment to cover vast areas in a short space of time, making the most of available weather windows. That said, this system does not always lead to consistent silage at feed out and if not well managed, actually creates more problems than it solves.

One Team - Gold Dream

By Wynnstay Agriculture 2 years ago

A recent study tour took the Wynngold calf team out to Milwaukee, America in early April to the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association conference. Although I was impressed with how the Americans farm (it’s not very often I set foot outside of Wales), I do feel that us Brits are doing a fantastic job back home whilst working under much more stringent regulations.

TMR Audits – why bother?

By Sian Rowlands 2 years ago

So, what is a TMR audit you ask? Well, it’s an on-farm service whereby a specialist will assess the full feeding system on farm, from feed store to feed out. Its purpose is to help farmers discover which elements of their feeding regime are holding them back and how to rectify them. Inconsistent TMR can influence herd health, productivity and efficiency. TMR audits dramatically help to improve efficiencies across the farm.