5 ways to improve dairy milking routines

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Good routines will set up milking for success in the key areas of hygiene, mastitis detection, herd throughput and, arguably the most important, milk flow rates. Together they will improve the experience for the cows and the milking team. See also: 5 ways to build on improvements in udder health About the author Tom Greenham is […]

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WIYLS visits a £225,000 calf shed modelled on broiler design

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Pneumonia cases are now few and far between and calf growth rates are exceeding 1kg a day since a climate-controlled calf unit, similar to a broiler house, was erected at Beckside Farm, Cumbria. The decision by the Morris-Eyton family to invest in a new calf shed came about when they expanded the herd from 250 […]

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How a dairy farm is using a straw dryer to reduce waste

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Farmer Jonny Wyatt is using waste heat from the anaerobic digester (AD) plant on his mixed farm near Thetford, Norfolk, to dry out-of-spec straw to make drier bedding for his livestock. The resulting farmyard manure is then fed to the AD plant to produce energy for the farm and digestate to fertilise the grass for […]

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Cattle farmers offered free testing to tackle M bovis

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Farmer Jonny Wyatt is using waste heat from the anaerobic digester (AD) plant on his mixed farm near Thetford, Norfolk, to dry out-of-spec straw to make drier bedding for his livestock. The resulting farmyard manure is then fed to the AD plant to produce energy for the farm and digestate to fertilise the grass for […]

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How spring-calvers can prepare for end of bull calf euthanasia

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Producing a viable dairy bull calf is a challenge in a system that relies on an efficient cow of smaller stature to maximise milk production from grazed grass on the shoulders of the season. But it is one that spring milk producers will need to address ahead of 2023, when new Red Tractor assurance standards […]

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How to record and measure your spring calving performance

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The recording and analysis of data as your herd calves may take some time, but it does enable the root causes of any production issues to be spotted quicker, more easily identified and then investigated quicker. It can be a very valuable tool in the improvement of overall herd profitability. In suckler herds the calf […]

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4 ways to further improve herd fertility

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Many farmers could make big improvements to the fertility of their herds by paying greater attention to dry cow management, stable nutrition and routine vet visits. According to vet Graeme McPherson of Synergy Farm Health, the industry has made huge gains in fertility performance over the past 20 years. He puts this down to wider […]

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6 ways to prepare for tighter slurry regulations

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Pressure from the government’s Clean Air Strategy to cut ammonia emissions means farms must look closely at slurry and manure management this year – if they haven’t done so already. But doing so can be a win-win, as making better use of slurries and manures should help reduce the need for bought-in fertilisers, explains SAC […]

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Omicron spread hits AgriScot and Dairy-Tech events

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Two key farming events have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic as cases of the Omicron variant continue to mount. Both one-day events, Agriscot and Dairy-Tech, were scheduled to take place in February. But concern over the disease spread and restrictions on gatherings have taken their toll. AgriScot had been due to take place on […]

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Anguish as bovine TB claims more top-quality cattle in Wales

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A dairy farmer who has lost 240 cattle to bovine TB in just two years says the situation is taking an immense toll on his family, including his two-year-old daughter Eva. Stuart Williams, who before the first herd breakdown in 2020 was winning awards exhibiting his Willhome Ayrshires, Brown Swiss and Holsteins at major events, […]

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