Video: Advice on feeding fodder beet to dairy stock

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Fodder beet is the largest-yielding fodder crop available and is high in sugar and metabolisable energy (ME), making it a direct replacer for cereal grain. It fits dairy well because it provides a consistent ME – 12 MJ/kg dry matter (DM) – from spring planting right through the winter and into the next spring. It […]

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Scientists develop quicker, more accurate Johne’s test

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A new, more rapid and sensitive test for Johne’s disease in cattle could be a “game-changer” for the beef and dairy industries. In a recent trial, the test, developed at the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) and School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, was able to detect more infected animals by milk […]

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Why one dairy farmer has switched from Holsteins to Jerseys

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A switch from milking Holstein cows to Jerseys is providing a Scottish dairy producer with a more stable milk price and a predicted better bottom line, while also allowing the farm to make improved use of the infrastructure. Colin Murdoch, from Buntonhill Farm, Kilmarnock, was approached by Graham’s Family Dairy after an opening became available […]

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New ruminant health organisation seeks farmer views

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The new Ruminant Health & Welfare organisation is seeking farmer views on priorities as it takes over from the separate cattle and sheep health and welfare groups it replaces. The cross-UK independent body is running the “grassroots” survey on its website to seek the opinions of farmers, shepherds, herd managers and farm vets on disease […]

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CMT could cut dry-cow antibiotics use by half, study shows

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Using the Californian Mastitis Test (CMT) at drying off could help cut antibiotics use by 50% without impacting clinical mastitis, a study has found. In the first large-scale investigation to identify at-risk quarters in high-cell count cows, veterinarian researchers from Quality Milk Management Services (QMMS) found quarter-level antibiotics administration reduced antimicrobial use/cure. However, the study […]

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Cheesemaker launches crowdfunding appeal to stay afloat

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The new Ruminant Health & Welfare organisation is seeking farmer views on priorities as it takes over from the separate cattle and sheep health and welfare groups it replaces. The cross-UK independent body is running the “grassroots” survey on its website to seek the opinions of farmers, shepherds, herd managers and farm vets on disease […]

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7 reasons mastitis is more challenging in automatic milking

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Automatic milking systems are growing in popularity due to the lifestyle benefits they afford farmers. But independent research shows udder health can deteriorate when farms transition from conventional milking systems (CMS) to automatic milking systems (AMS). Tom Greenham from Advance Milking says for a significant number of herds, this challenge can last years, not just […]

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What is liver fluke and why is it such a problem?

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Automatic milking systems are growing in popularity due to the lifestyle benefits they afford farmers. But independent research shows udder health can deteriorate when farms transition from conventional milking systems (CMS) to automatic milking systems (AMS). Tom Greenham from Advance Milking says for a significant number of herds, this challenge can last years, not just […]

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Scotland to pay for school milk after EU funding runs out

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The Scottish government has agreed to fund free school milk after EU subsidies to local authorities ended when the UK quit the European Union. EU funding for Britain’s free school milk scheme ran out last month, leaving local authorities unable to foot the entire bill on their own. Despite lobbying from Scottish ministers, Westminster is […]

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5 warning signs of mycotoxin contamination in feed

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Farmers are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for signs of contamination in feed after sampling has shown high mycotoxin risk levels. UK-wide sampling carried out by Alltech has shown that 46% of total mixed rations (TMR) produced in spring-summer have a moderate to high mycotoxin risk. “The most common types of mycotoxin found […]

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