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Making Youngstock Rearing Stack Up

By Mark Price Yesterday

The cost of growing beef for finishing, the store cattle market or for rearing dairy replacement heifers, can put huge financial pressure on your business. Whatever system employed, realising a sustainable profit once all costs are considered can be challenging. With increasing fixed costs, an ever-uncertain political landscape and opportunity cost of the assets used, it is as important as ever that operators remain as efficient as possible to generate profit.

Heifers Must Be the Correct Body Size, as Well as Age, at First Calving

By Jessica Cook 13 days ago

Holstein-Friesian heifers calving at 23 to 25 months of age have been shown to outperform later calving cows in terms of fertility, milk production and survival over their first 5 years of life.

Cost Implications of Imbalanced Finishing Rations

By Bethany May 15 days ago

With high numbers of dairy x beef calves entering the beef chain (and the current beef price not setting the world alight), it is important to consider potential finishing rations and their cost implications.

Disease Focus On Mycoplasma

By Jessica Yeomans 21 days ago

A hot topic among many farmers and vets is the issue of Mycoplasma. With New Zealand enforcing an aggressive culling policy on infected cows it raises the questions; do we know enough about it? Are we being proactive? So it goes without saying that prevention is better than a cure, especially when discussing calf health and performance.

Hygiene - Keeping Bacteria at Bay

By Wynnstay Dairy Team 1 month ago

The health of any animal relies on the balance between an internal immune system and the external challenges of viruses and bacteria.

Countryside Productivity Scheme

By Wynnstay 1 month ago

Round 2 for the Countryside Productivity Small Grant Scheme has opened.

Calf Team Study Tours

By Laura Monk 1 month ago

Read about the Calf Team study tour to Bavaria, Germany and Northern Ireland. Calf & Youngstock specialist, Laura Monk discusses her take home messages.

Dengrove Farm Calf-Rearing Focus ‘We Aim to Rear 1000 Calves by 2020’

By Millie Hendy 2 months ago

Those who have worked with me know my opinion regarding beef and dairy calves - a calf is a calf! Whether beef or dairy, it should be reared to the highest standard, and the first 3 months is when they are most feed-efficient, therefore enhancing higher daily live weight gains. Nutrition is not the only area we should focus on, we also have to consider health and housing in order to maximise calf performance.

Parasite Watch - 22nd July 2019

By Wynnstay Animal Health Team 2 months ago

In the South West we are seeing the second peak of Nematodirus and high roundworm counts and positive fluke samples demonstrate there may be a need to treat mixed infestations.

High roundworm counts being recorded, in the South East so ensure appropriate treatment.

In the North West high Nematodiru sand roundworm risk increased potential for growth rate loss and disease. Regular treatment is now required for flies.

In the North East high Nematodirus and roundworm risk increased potential for growth rate loss and disease. Regular treatment is now required for flies.

The First Meal Is a Big Deal

By Sammy Howorth 2 months ago

When discussing colostrum management, attention is often focused around the calf. However, to produce a quality-first feed we need to begin with the cow in her transition period. Dam colostrum contains farm-specific antibodies making it so valuable to the calves on that farm - providing protection against the pathogens, they are most likely to encounter. Diet and management of the dry cow directly influence the quality of colostrum she is able to produce.