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Contamination of Colostrum

By Millie Hendy, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 19 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 1 month 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.

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 Many targets have become outdated with the emphasis now on producing bigger, stronger heifers that we are rearing for longevity and lifetime production.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.

Managing Spring Born Heifers at Grass

By Jessica Yeomans, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 3 months ago

Our advice on how you get your spring born heifers to grow, and keep growing!

With the spring calving season upon us it is important to think ahead to the imminent grazing season and how to get the calves born this spring (Feb-April) to grow well and efficiently.

Capitalising on Increased Scanning Percentages

By Laura Monk 3 months ago

We are currently welcoming a rocketing trade for both ewes and lambs with prices here in the South West consistently reaching 3 figures. Scanning percentages going into this lambing season have seen an average increase of 10 – 15% following the effects of the tough spring and dry summer in 2018.

Tackling Crypto on Farm

By Elinor Thomas, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 4 months ago

There is no doubt that cryptosporidium (Crypto) is a major calf health problem, with it being the most commonly diagnosed pathogen in preweaning calves. 40% of infectious diarrhoea is caused by Crypto. So what is it and how can we tackle it?

Digestion of Skim and Whey

By Laura Monk, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 4 months ago

Choosing a calf milk replacer (CMR) can be a minefield with so many available. The CMR market is easily divisible into two groups; whey-based powders and skim-based powders providing the two main sources of dairy protein. Choosing the right powder for your system is not only vital to the productivity of pre-weaning calves but the lifetime performance and profitability of each animal.

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.

Calf Starter- what’s important?

By Jessica Yeomans, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 5 months ago

Calf Starter is something that I get asked about daily, whether its coarse mix vs pellets vs nuts, intakes or what’s “best” for calves. So, here’s a breakdown of the current guidelines and recommendations.

Pneumonia Lasts a Lifetime

By Mille Hendy, Calf & Youngstock Specialist 6 months ago

Losses caused by pneumonia in calves arise from: - veterinary attention, cost of treatment, reduced weight gain, increased feed requirements, increased labour. As well as longer finishing times and lower milk yields.