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Stable daily milk yield a sign of ‘trouble-free’ cow

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Cows with stable daily milk yields have fewer health problems and a longer productive life than cows with fluctuations in daily production, say Dutch researchers. This is according to daily milk records from more than 1.2 million cows, which found a correlation between stable milk yield and fewer metabolic and udder problems. The research – […]

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What is the value of weighing dairy cows?

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Automatically weighing cows when they enter the milking robot could provide a useful gauge of feed and dry cow management success, and also enable accurate dosing of medicines. Weigh platforms can be added as an optional extra to certain manufacturer’s milking robots; either within the milking stall, or on the exit race. The system will […]

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Johne’s disease scheme now covers 75% of milk production

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A scheme designed to combat Johne’s disease has been hailed as a success after figures revealed it now covers 75% of British milk production. The National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) is a co-ordinated disease management programme run by the Action Group on Johne’s. See also: Why dairy farmers should tackle Johne’s now How the scheme […]

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How to decide if investing in dairy tech is worthwhile

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The technology available to dairy farmers is developing fast and it can be difficult to decide where to invest your hard-earned cash. To help decide which technology is really worth investing in, Ben Watts from Kite Consulting examines seven technologies; summarising their advantages and disadvantages, average cost and payback period. Do the sums and look […]

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What to see at Dairy-Tech 2020

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Exploiting satellite intelligence, weighing cattle with a camera and a debate on low- versus high-input farm systems are just some of the must-sees at Dairy-Tech 2020. The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ (RABDF) event at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 5 February has become a key date in the farming calendar. Event details Date: Wednesday […]

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How can farmers improve feed security amid climate change?

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Climate change means UK farmers are experiencing more extreme weather conditions which can make growing crops far harder. What lessons can be learned from other countries to help improve feed security? Rhian Price reports from the US and Australia. UK farmers are experiencing some of the most volatile weather in history. Four out of five farmers […]

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ORFC: Tree leaves could counter zinc and cobalt deficiencies in livestock

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Researchers have found willow trees could play an important role in combating mineral deficiencies in livestock. The research, carried out for the Woodland Trust, showed willow could act as a valuable cobalt and zinc supplement. The study looked at how trees in shelter-belts, hedgerows and in-field locations could provide additional tree-browse and fodder. See also: […]

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6 tips for a good livestock parasite control plan

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January is the best time for livestock farmers to plan out a parasite control strategy for the year ahead. A robust and practical programme will help reduce disease burdens, economic costs and selection for anthelmintic resistance, according to National Animal Disease Information Service (Nadis). You can get help on starting a parasite control plan by: […]

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How to reduce the risk of abortions in cattle

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Cattle abortion is a significant health and welfare issue that causes economic loss in treatment costs, lost production and labour inputs. Just a single case of abortion represents a substantial loss, particularly in beef herds where an affected cow is rendered unproductive for the year. There may also be the additional cost of buying a […]

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How to assess if your dry cow ration is working effectively

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The success of early lactation performance, metabolic disorders, udder health and fertility are all linked to the diet fed during the dry period. Although a ration may look adequate on paper, it is important to check it is the diet being consumed. Feed sorting, for example, will affect nutrient intake. Therefore, regular checks are necessary […]

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