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August 2018

Mineral Deficiencies

By nia_davies 11 months ago

The recent drought has caused many problems for farmers across Britain, those of which I need not to mention and painfully remind farmers of. However, the hot weather pattern has broken, and we have been reminded of what rain is and its ability to grow grass. With this comes the possible problem of mineral deficiencies. Of course, quantity of minerals and trace elements in grass does depend on soil type, botanical composition, fertilisation of the pasture and growth stage but weather conditions also affect this greatly.

Planning ahead is a top priority for weed control

By Wynnstay Arable Team 11 months ago

Planning ahead is a top priority for weed control

Effects on Body Condition for Next Lactation

By Alasdair Taylor 11 months ago

After the hottest and driest summer in a generation and feed stocks at an all-time low, cows are at risk of being too thin. Body condition scoring is the best way to measure cow condition and gives an indication of energy status. It can be very useful as a guide in late lactation to achieve the correct body condition for drying off. Taking the time to body condition score late lactation cows 100 - 80 days before drying off will help prevent having over or under conditioned dry cows, ensuring smooth transition into next lactation.

Wynnstay Calf & Youngstock Convention 2018

By Rebecca Richards 11 months ago

Bringing leading industry experts together to enhance the learning experience for rearing better, healthier and more profitable calves.

Autumn Re-seeding - Q&A with Adam Simper

By Anna.Roberts 11 months ago

Quality grass is a cost-effective part of feeding and regular reseeding ensures that the required nutritional value of the ley is maintained. New leys can help deliver a 33% increase in yield in the first year compared to a typical old sward, and in a drought year this can increase up to 50%.

Combating Heat Stress is a Necessity

By Rachel Gardner 11 months ago

High temperatures in a humid environment have a significant negative impact upon the dairy cow. Cows suffer from heat stress at temperatures as low as 22°C, as it is the combination of heat and humidity that influences the cow’s ability to thermo-regulate body temperature. Figure 1 shows cows will suffer heat stress when the temperature-humidity index (THI) value is above 68. A THI value of >75 cows will suffer from severe heat stress causing a significant decrease in performance due to not being able to maintain her normal body temperature (38.5 – 38.8°C).

Fertiliser Update - August 2018

By Dave Mitchell 1 years ago

In the past week or so we have finally seen a break in the hot weather and some rain, albeit not enough to reverse the damage done. Fertiliser prices remain firm with UK producers with no sign of this changing in the short term.