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

By Jessica Cook 2 months 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.

Don’t Let the Next Generation Slip over Summer

By Bethany May 6 months ago

Transition cows are the next generation of milking cows in your herd, so every effort should be made to ensure that they have the best transition into milking and become profitable long-term herd members. Just letting one thing slip under the radar - such as diet, or space allocation - can unknowingly cause costly health problems later on.

Do Your Sums Before Buying the Feed You Need

By Mark Price 7 months 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.

Grazing Management - the Key to a Successful Grazing Season

By Rachel Gardner 8 months ago

In the dairy industry where margins are often tight, making the most out of home-grown forages is key. Grazed grass is the cheapest feed on the farm yet often it is not utilized to its full potential.

Benefits of Feeding a Higher Plane of Nutrition

By Elinor Thomas 9 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.

Feeding for Best Performance

By Alasdair Taylor 1 years ago

Feeding for best performance revolves around better understanding a cow’s nutritional demands, and how feed is broken down and used in the digestion system.

Reducing the Energy Gap

By Huw McConochie 1 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 1 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.

Elevated Milk Feeding has the Potential to Effect End Carcass

By Eimear Diamond 1 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.

How to increase your efficiency and save the planet

By Sian Rowlands 1 years ago

Historically, dairy rations have generally formulated crude protein (CP) to the standard value needed to supply adequate feed nitrogen (N) in the cow’s diet, to help maintain the cow’s health, welfare and milk productivity.