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How Welsh dairy farm cut concentrate costs by 3.1p/litre

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Taking more frequent cuts at shorter intervals has improved silage quality at a Welsh dairy farm, lifting margin over purchased feed by 11%, or £350/ha. Father and son Hugo and Ross Edwards milk 747 Holstein-Friesians at New Dairy, near Newport. A key business objective is to produce as much milk from forage as possible, to […]

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How a dairy farmer cut the use of soya bean meal in rations

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Taking more frequent cuts at shorter intervals has improved silage quality at a Welsh dairy farm, lifting margin over purchased feed by 11%, or £350/ha. Father and son Hugo and Ross Edwards milk 747 Holstein-Friesians at New Dairy, near Newport. A key business objective is to produce as much milk from forage as possible, to […]

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#Calfmatters Part 3: Benefits of intranasal vaccination

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Taking more frequent cuts at shorter intervals has improved silage quality at a Welsh dairy farm, lifting margin over purchased feed by 11%, or £350/ha. Father and son Hugo and Ross Edwards milk 747 Holstein-Friesians at New Dairy, near Newport. A key business objective is to produce as much milk from forage as possible, to […]

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Herd health and labour efficiency main focus on 8 robot farm

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“I was looking to improve herd health and wanted to give the staff the necessary time to improve this” says Jason Mitchell Milking over 600 cows just outside Ardstraw, Jason Mitchell is the fourth generation of his family to milk cows in Co. Tyrone. Operating an all-year-round calving and housing system, Jason’s operation is quite […]

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What’s in your Livestock Shed? A £50k youngstock conversion 

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A purpose-built youngstock shed has reduced labour requirements and improved the health of heifer replacements at a Welsh dairy farm. The Jones family returned to milk production in 2012 after dispersing the original Larchwood herd in 2002 following the foot-and-mouth crisis.  Larchwood Holsteins, based at Storefield Farm, near Magor, Monmouthshire, now comprises 120 pedigree cows […]

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#Calfmatters Part 2: Building calf resilience

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Over the next 4 weeks Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, as part of its #Calfmatters initiative, will be bringing you a series of essential videos that will cover a range of topics to help you achieve better calf health. At this time of year we’re thinking about housing of cattle, and these videos provide tips to […]

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US farmer’s six-point plan for better dairy breeding

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Good genetics make the difference between being average and being great, according to Lloyd Holterman from Rosy Lane Holsteins in Wisconsin, US. The herd of 1,100 Holsteins out-performs the averages for most production and health genetic traits, as a result of breeding decisions made over the past quarter of a century Females tested in late […]

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Defra help needed for dairies to hit clean air targets

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Defra needs to offer the dairy industry additional support and guidance if farmers are to meet ambitious government targets to reduce ammonia emissions. The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) called on Defra to urgently review targets set out in its Clean Air Strategy after it emerged that many producers are unaware of measures […]

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Farm leaders hit back at ex-Defra scientist’s climate claims

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Farming organisations have reacted angrily to climate change comments by Defra’s former chief scientific adviser, Professor Sir Ian Boyd. Speaking to the BBC, he dubbed the UK’s current farming system “very inefficient and in need of very significant transformation”. Professor Boyd, who held the Defra post from 2012 until earlier this year, suggested that intensive […]

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FW Opinion: Farmers should not bear full cost of wild weather

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Uncertainty in farming is nothing new – whether its late support payments, commodity price swings, or changing consumer trends. But it seems each year is becoming more of a gamble because of increasing climate change. As we lurch from one weather extreme to another, for many, dealing with the consequences is becoming less manageable. See […]

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