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Contamination of Colostrum

By Millie Hendy, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 25 days ago

Colostrum management is the key aspect to any successful calf rearing system. We know the importance of feeding our calves colostrum quickly (within 2 hours of birth), quality (>50mg/l) and quantity (10% of birthweight) but do we know the detrimental effect of the contamination within colostrum if we were to leave it standing after harvesting.

Buy local, Buy British, Support Sustainable Agriculture

By Eimear Diamond, Regional Sales Manager - Midlands, Youngstock Procurement Manager 2 months ago

It is no secret to everyone in agriculture that public perception is putting increasing pressure on running a more sustainable enterprise.

It is fair to say that we have a responsibility to not only be the most sustainably efficient farms possible, but also to publicise and educate the general public.

Mid-Season Cattle Worm and Fly Control

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 2 months ago

Roundworms in cattle can reduce growth rates by up to 30% (1) so it is important not to delay the mid-season pour-on dose as this potentially leads to a loss of production as the worm burden could start to impact on growth rates. It can be hard to notice the economic impact of worms unless regular weighing is taking place as reduction in growth rates will take place before any more obvious clinical signs are seen.

Re-evaluating targets on farm

By Jessica Charlton, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 2 months ago

There are many targets that we set on farm to assess the success of the business and calf operating system. Many targets have become outdated with the emphasis now on producing bigger, stronger heifers that we are rearing for longevity and lifetime production. Below are some thoughts on the targets that we should be re-evaluating to streamline the rearing operation further.

Spring Re-seeds – key to profitable home-grown forage

By Adam Simper 3 months ago

Spring focus should turn onto managing existing grassland and assessing which fields need to be re-seeded or over seeded.

To ensure that you are using the correct grass seed mixture for your management system, get in touch with a Wynnstay specialist.

Are you on the multi-cut road?

By Dave Mitchell, Fertiliser Manager 3 months ago

We all know the reasons for taking a 2 or 3 cut silage system to 4 or 5 cuts; better grass quality and higher yields to increase output from forage, and if you’re not doing it already, you’ve probably dismissed is it as an option for your business or are thinking of moving in that direction.

Clostridia diseases: How to protect your livestock

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 4 months ago

The sudden death of livestock is every farmers’ worst fear. Not only is it upsetting and stressful, it’s also extremely costly. Yet productive animals are lost to Clostridial diseases on a daily basis. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. Protecting your sheep and cattle from lethal Clostridial toxins can be easy, effective and affordable.

Improvement in sexed semen technology, driving efficiency’s in beef calf production

By Millie Hendy, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 5 months ago

Sexed male beef semen, that can achieve conception rates which match those of conventional, could be a ‘game-changer’ for dairy farmers looking to make the most of everything produced on-farm.

​Sarah Brooks of Wynnstay Group announced as Farm SQP of the Year National SQP Awards 2019 winner

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 6 months ago

Sarah Brooks of Wynnstay Group is the National SQP Awards 2019 Farm SQP of the Year.

Sarah was handed the award at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Thursday afternoon (November 7).

National SQP Awards 2019

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 7 months ago

Wynnstay Group, Llanfair Caereinion announced as Multiple Store of the Year National SQP Awards 2019 winner. Ceri Jones was handed the award at a prestigious ceremony at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington on Thursday afternoon (November 7).