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5 ways a Cheshire dairy has reduced ration costs

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Cheshire-based dairy farmers Tom and Karen Halton have reduced ration costs by 0.5p/litre in their 530-cow herd and lifted milk from forage by 500 litres to 3,000 litres a head. The improvement came after the couple, who run Halton Farms with their son, Jack, at Chance Hall Farm, near Congleton, carried out a free silage […]

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Ethical ‘cow-with-calf’ dairy targets premium market

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Mainstream dairy farming requires that calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth, but one farm business, the Ethical Dairy, is employing a more natural route. David and Wilma Finlay use a “cow-with-calf” method of dairying , where both males and females to stay with their mothers 24 hours a day for six to […]

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Fodder beet proves cost-effective for spring-calving herd

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Nick and Liz Haines have been firm believers in growing fodder beet to feed dry cows over the winter. The couple, who have recently come to the end of their contract farming agreement at Hardwick Farm, near Ellesmere, Shropshire, have grown fodder beet for six years. They hope to continue to grow it when they […]

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How multi-cut can deliver profits of £333/ha over three-cut silage systems

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Cutting grass more frequently can deliver better-quality forage capable of delivering £333/ha profit above a traditional three-cut silage-making system. Dairy nutritionists Volac compared a five-cut system to a three-cut system at a commercial dairy farm in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales, last season. The five-cut system saw the first cut taken in mid-April, with subsequent cuts taken […]

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Advice on establishing and grazing herbal leys

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A herbal ley is a diverse sward that includes different grasses and species, with varying rooting depths, properties and drought tolerances. They have a positive effect on soil health, structure and drainage and usually include nitrogen-fixing legumes, which are high in protein and tannins, and have huge potential for carbon sequestration. Herbal leys also provide […]

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Chemical parlour sensor sends text before supplies run out

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Dairy farmers can avoid running out of hygiene chemicals by responding to automatic text messages from an on-farm sensory system when containers reach low levels. The new Ecolab Textomatic can run six sensors at once and text up to six different parties to initiate an order. The device is calibrated to the farm’s individual chemical […]

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Ways to reduce dairy greenhouse gas emissions to hit targets

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Dairy farmers can make some easy strides to improve their carbon footprint as pressure mounts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms. The NFU has set a target for farming to become net zero by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the governments target. Although that might seem some time away, farmers need to start […]

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Painful 2019 harvest delivers valuable maize-growing lessons

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Dairy farmers can avoid running out of hygiene chemicals by responding to automatic text messages from an on-farm sensory system when containers reach low levels. The new Ecolab Textomatic can run six sensors at once and text up to six different parties to initiate an order. The device is calibrated to the farm’s individual chemical […]

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Vet technician services set to be expanded to more farms

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Veterinary technician services are to be expanded across VetPartners’ 28 farm practices, so clients will have access to the service by the end of the year. VetPartners has 130 practices in total throughout the UK, including LLM Farm Vets, Westpoint Farm Vets and Garth Pig Vets. To support the rollout, VetPartners is working with the […]

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App uses satellite tech to abolish need to measure grass

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Veterinary technician services are to be expanded across VetPartners’ 28 farm practices, so clients will have access to the service by the end of the year. VetPartners has 130 practices in total throughout the UK, including LLM Farm Vets, Westpoint Farm Vets and Garth Pig Vets. To support the rollout, VetPartners is working with the […]

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