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Do Your Sums Before Buying the Feed You Need

By Mark Price 29 days ago

We are coming out of one of the toughest winters in terms of forage stocks in recent memory and although the grass is not blowing in the wind quite yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is time to be planning forage stocks.

Using Multicut To Your Advantage

By Mark Price 2 months ago

For the last few years, the industry has been advising grass silage producers to cut little and often to maximise the energy and protein yield form their silage ground.

Benefits of Feeding a Higher Plane of Nutrition

By Elinor Thomas 4 months ago

It has become evident that in recent years nutrition and management in the first weeks of life can have long term effect on production. Restricted feeding is considered to be short term cost effective, encourages earlier weaning and produces a reasonably productive cow.

Farm Utilisation

By Mark Price 4 months ago

When we talk farm costings, farm efficiency, and performance monitoring, we need to talk about figures that are relevant to everyone and lead to tangible information, leading to informed decisions. We believe forage utilisation per ha (FUH) is the best figure to do this.

Dairy Farm Mineral Audit

By Steve Brown 8 months ago

Although minerals only account for about 5% of total ruminant nutrition they have a disproportionate role in supporting energy and protein yielding nutrients required to maintain animal health, fertility and production.

Get Ready for Maize Harvest

By Mark Price 9 months ago

With Maize crops looking forward in most areas, it is time to be thinking about maize harvest. Maize on many farms this winter and through into next year, will make up more of the ration than ever and with feed prices at record highs, getting the crop off and clamped in the best condition possible is a must.

Calves tell us that all starters are not created equal!

By Steve Brown 11 months ago

There is more than enough evidence to show that to develop a healthy, functional rumen it is important to establish an appropriate microbial population, promote growth and development of the ruminal absorptive surface area, develop rumen muscularisation and increase rumen volume.

Reducing the Energy Gap

By Huw McConochie 11 months 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. The cows on the trial were either losing weight, exhibiting no weight change or gaining weight. The study was a clear demonstration of the profound effect of weight changes in early lactation on conception rates in both cows and heifers (figure 1).

Elevated Milk Feeding has the Potential to Effect End Carcass

By Eimear Diamond 1 years ago

Elevated Milk Feeding has the Potential to Effect End CarcassRecent years have seen research turn toward calf rearing and capitalising on the genetic potential of the animal; with a particular focus on dairy calves.

Ready, Set, Grow!

By Rebecca Richards 1 years ago

The preweaning stage is the perfect opportunity to programme heifers for much greater mammary mass, fostering the ability to produce and secrete more milk in the future. In fact, over 1,500 genes within the functional tissue of the mammary gland can be influenced.