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Young dairy farmer honoured at Sussex Food and Drink Awards

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Strong leadership skills, a focus on sustainability and bold ambition were among the attributes that saw 31-year old dairy farmer Kate Lywood crowned Young Sussex Farmer of the Year at the recent Sussex Food and Drink Awards. Sponsored by the South of England Agricultural Society in association with Farmers Weekly, the award is intended to […]

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Balmoral 2019: Holstein interbreed winners

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Winning the champions of champions sash for the first time at Balmoral was Philip Jones of Hallow Holsteins. The Hallow Holsteins team made it a clean sweep in the breed championship earlier in the day, taking champion, reserve and honourable mention in the Holstein finale. Beating off stiff competition in the interbreed class, under the […]

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Spring dairy trade holds up well as import prices buoy demand

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Dairy trade has held up fairly well this spring, but buyers are being picky about what they spend their money on, with second-class heifers harder to place. Averages for freshly calved heifers were back 6% on the year for the month of April, according to AHDB data. But fresh cows have seen a 7% uplift […]

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How farmer gets 11,000 litres from grazed Holstein herd

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Wiltshire farmer Robert Mallett and his wife Maria are defying convention by producing nearly 11,000 litres of milk from their autumn-calving herd of grass-fed cows. Like most high-yielding herds, Mr Mallett admits he previously found grazing hard work, but says his “eureka moment” came when he joined a grazing discussion group. “Ten years ago, I […]

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One-day conference to help farmers reduce the impact of TB

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Tickets are now on sale for the TB Advisory Service’s inaugural conference at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, on Wednesday 26 June. During the one-day event, which is aimed at farmers in the High Risk and Edge Areas of England, attendees will learn what can be done to reduce the impact of TB on their farms. […]

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Strategies to prevent heat stress in cattle

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Record high temperatures last summer caught out livestock farmers in both indoor and outdoor systems, with cattle succumbing to debilitating heat stress. Tell-tail signs of heat stress are lethargy and inactivity, and cattle will often stand with their heads bowed. To avert potential problems with animal welfare and production this summer, beef expert Dr Norman […]

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How a Welsh dairy has slashed its antibiotics use

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A dairy farm has slashed its antimicrobial use by nearly 30% through a combination of selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) and improved herd management, putting it in the top 25% of UK herds with least use. At drying off, Goldsland Farm at Wenvoe, Cardiff, uses antibiotics in less than 20% of the 200-cow Holstein and […]

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New feed additive aims to cut heat stress in high-yielding cows

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A newly developed feed additive can help protect dairy cows from heat stress and reduce performance losses in hot weather. Heat-stressed cows show fewer signs of oestrus and feed intakes fall, limiting production. See also: How Hampshire dairy has climbed to top 5 for milk production Estimates suggest the combination of lost milk, decreased fertility […]

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A guide to assessing and improving grassland drainage

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Up to 70% of grassland farms could benefit from improved field drainage, according to Adas national specialist Kirk Hill. One in 10 pastures is severely compacted and soil moisture issues are the most common reason for swards to fail, Mr Hill says. Plant roots need oxygen to grow, and within a well-structured, well-drained soil, air […]

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