How one dairy farm installed robots to cut down milking time

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Since robots were installed at Argoed Farm, average milk yield in the Holstein herd has increased by 2,000 litres a year, to 9,000 litres, an immediate payback from investing in the technology. Alun and Rita Owens and their son and daughter-in-law, Geraint and Lowri, were milking the herd in a 7:14 herringbone parlour installed two […]

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What to consider before switching from beef to dairy

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Although the number of farmers considering a move from beef to dairy is still small, interest is growing and expected to rise further in the coming months, experts suggest. It sounds counter-intuitive to consider moving away from beef in a year when deadweight prices have hit highs above £4/kg, says Andersons Centre consultant Oliver Hall. […]

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Video: Fluke video gives powerful insight into parasite

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A video documenting the different stages of the harmful liver fluke parasite has been made to help farmers understand its complex life cycle. The video (below) shows the liver fluke (Fasciola hepatica) through all its growth stages, starting and finishing with the egg-laying adult. It includes close-up action of the parasite living on pasture, residing […]

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Foul-in-the-foot in cattle: Treatment and prevention

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Foul-in-the-foot is a bacterial infection found between the digits in cattle and can cause severe lameness.  It affects the tissues under the skin in this area, causing severe pain, swelling of the foot and marked lameness. Capontree Veterinary Centre vet David McCrea,  offers advice on how to spot and treat the infection and how to […]

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Ischaemic teat necrosis advice updated as new causes found

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A teat disease that causes intense irritation to cows looks likely to be caused by an imbalance of bacteria, rather than just one pathogen. This is the conclusion of a study by AHDB and the University of Liverpool School of Veterinary Science, which followed 250 cases of ischaemic teat necrosis (ITN). ITN often results in […]

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Research shows huge potential to improve milk margins

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Research at the University of Nottingham has shown a wide disparity in the efficiency of UK dairy herds. Using the whole-farm feed efficiency (WFFE) ratio, a survey of 194 farms found that the lowest efficiency ratio was just 0.5, while the highest was 1.5. WFFE compares milk output against all feed for all stock. That […]

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How upland farmer converted to dairying

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Just like his parents and grandparents before him, Nick Davis farmed beef and sheep on Esgairdraenllwyn, an upland holding rising to 430m at its highest point. But diminishing returns and a desire to take the farm in a different direction from the systems run by previous generations drove a conversion to dairying in 2015. “A […]

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How to manage acidosis when feeding multi-cut grass silage

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Dairy farmers switching to high-quality grass silages made in multi-cut systems should persevere if they are encountering acidosis from young, wet, low-fibre silages. Some dairy farms are reporting sub-acute acidosis caused by narrow-leaved, stemmy grasses balling up in the rumen. This leads to less structure in the rumen, and lower cudding rates and saliva production. […]

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5-point strategy to keep your herd’s teats healthy in winter

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Winter brings cold, harsh weather with low humidity – the perfect conditions for teat-skin damage including chapping, and hyperkeratosis; the most common teat-skin and teat-end problems. During these cold months, teat-skin damage is a major factor predisposing cows to mastitis. By addressing winter challenges, dairy farm owners can minimize teat-skin damage and the resulting losses […]

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How a dairy farmer manages challenging grazing conditions

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Dairy farmer Andrew Giles is growing 13t dry matter (DM)/ha of grass a year, on average, despite only receiving 860mm of rain annually at Maesllwch Home Farm. Mr Giles and his team are producing 5,795 litres a cow a year of milk sold from a concentrate input of just 800kg a cow a year. This […]

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