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June 2018

Is Yield Still King?

By Richard.Torr 2 years ago

For UK wheat growers, trying to decide between choosing a crop with high yield or a crop with good grain quality is not a new dilemma.

Research in the USA

By Jessica Yeomans, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 2 years ago

On the first day of the trip we headed to Pickett, Wisconsin to visit Rosendale Dairy. Rosendale Dairy is an intensive dairy farm, consisting of nearly 9,000 herd of cattle. They have two 80-point rotary parlours that run side by side, each running for 23 hours per day milking on average 600 cows per hour.

A Stellar success at Pentrefelin

By Rebecca Richards 2 years ago

Irfon Jenkins, along with his brother Eurig and father Aeron farm 94 hectares, milking 400 and supplying First Milk. All replacement heifers are reared, and Friesian bulls/Belgian blue calves are sold at 8-16 days depending on breed. This year the family have experienced tremendous calf health.

We are on the cusp of a robot revolution

By Mark Price 2 years ago

In five years’ time, more farms will be installing robots than new parlours. And in 10 years’ time, a parlour that requires men to milk in will be as archaic as that Nokia 3310 in your clutter draw. This is purely my opinion, but an opinion that I strongly believe and indeed hope happens, for the future prosperity and sustainability of our great industry.

Reducing the Energy Gap

By Huw McConochie 2 years ago

Getting your cows and heifers out of negative energy balance sooner and getting them gaining weight earlier is the key to improved conception rates. A large-scale study of over 1887 Holstein dairy cows by Professor Paul Fricke of Wisconsin University, looked at the effect changes in liveweight on conception rate to first service.

Heifer Grazing

By Iwan Vaughan 2 years ago

Following a challenging, late spring and now short or no supply of forage and straw stocks on many farms, grazing your youngstock is a sure-fire way to reduce costs and improve performance.

Weaning - Myth Busting

By Jessica Yeomans, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 2 years ago

Calves should have access to clean, fresh, water from birth – not only is it a legal requirement, but it drastically increases dry feed intake and is imperative to rumen development. The myth that water makes calves scour is one we do hear from time to time. Water does not make calves scour, calves need water to balance their body systems flush out toxins and help secrete excess minerals.

Fertiliser Market Update - June 18

By Dave Mitchell 2 years ago

In June, we are likely to see the release of CF’s ‘New Season’ nitrogen terms for 2018, therefore I would advise you to keep in close contact with your Wynnstay specialist or the fertiliser office team for any market updates.

Elevated Milk Feeding has the Potential to Effect End Carcass

By Eimear Diamond, Regional Sales Manager 2 years ago

Recent years have seen research turn toward calf rearing and capitalising on the genetic potential of the animal; with a particular focus on dairy calves.

There is limited information on feeding and rearing beef calves, with even less on how feeding calves can impact finishing age and carcass quality. We are now beginning to see supermarket requirements for beef changing, with a greater demand for uniform cuts, and as farmers we invest so much at the finishing stage to meet these requirements.

Measure to Monitor

By Sammy Howorth 2 years ago

Reduced calving age from one year to the next may suggest improved calf and heifer rearing; however it is months later when we can make these assumptions. If a heifer is first served at 18 months old, it can be assumed that there are improvements to be made to allow future heifers to reach service weight earlier. But it is difficult at this point to then determine at which stage of rearing that this heifer didn’t meet her targets and fell behind.