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7 things to consider when you take on new farmland

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Whether bought or rented, land must match its intended purpose in the existing farming system and maximise its value from the capital outlay or rental agreement. Assessing how the land will be best used is the first step, then you should decide what infrastructure is needed to facilitate this. See also: A guide to buying and […]

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Mineral elements exceeding daily requirements for livestock, say experts

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Whether bought or rented, land must match its intended purpose in the existing farming system and maximise its value from the capital outlay or rental agreement. Assessing how the land will be best used is the first step, then you should decide what infrastructure is needed to facilitate this. See also: A guide to buying and […]

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Entries open for Gold Cup dairy competition

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Entries are now open for the 2020 NMR RABDF Gold Cup competition, which this year celebrates its centenary. The award, which was launched in 1920, recognises dairy business efficiency and has been won by some of the country’s most influential dairy farmers. Dairy businesses are eligible for entry through four routes: two give automatic qualification […]

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Cargill’s Diamond V feed range lifts livestock performance

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Entries are now open for the 2020 NMR RABDF Gold Cup competition, which this year celebrates its centenary. The award, which was launched in 1920, recognises dairy business efficiency and has been won by some of the country’s most influential dairy farmers. Dairy businesses are eligible for entry through four routes: two give automatic qualification […]

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4 tips to manage the risk of dry silage

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Many farms have produced high-quality forage (11.5+ of metabolisable energy) this year and should factor in silage quality to save money by cutting supplementary feeding. Independent silage consultant Dave Davies of Silage Solutions said that first-cut silages were drier, and with lower fibre, but stressed this doesn’t mean acidosis will be a problem if rations […]

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How investing in a forage merger has improved silage quality

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Investing in 9.5m forage merger has helped improve silage quality and production for a family-run dairy unit in Scotland. Brothers Robert and David Veitch run 340 milking cows at Greenside Farm, Cumnock, Ayrshire, and had a persistent issue with soil and stones affecting silage quality. “There was a visible stone content in the clamp and […]

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Dairy farmers asked for views on mandatory milk contracts

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After two years of promising it, the government has launched a UK-wide 12-week consultation on the introduction of mandatory terms for milk contracts. This follows a review of supply chain fairness by the groceries code adjudicator which found an uneven distribution of power in the dairy supply chain. Laws on compulsory written milk contracts between […]

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How to control gastrointestinal parasites in sheep and cattle

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Gastrointestinal (GI) parasites are major contributors to reduced ruminant productivity, and if left unmanaged or untreated, can have devastating effects on animal welfare and farm productivity. Large populations of these GI nematodes can lead to a condition known as parasitic gastroenteritis in both cattle and sheep, which, as well as causing obvious clinical symptoms, can […]

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Dairy enthusiasts urged to apply for study tour scholarship

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People interested in progressing their career in dairy have until the end of the month to apply for one of three study tour scholarships offered by the Trehane Trust . The scholarship aims to help young people progress their careers in the sector and to make a valuable contribution to the dairy industry. See also: […]

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How scanning can detect early pneumonia in calves

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Subclinical pneumonia, where there are no obvious signs of the disease, in young calves is going undetected on farms, a Scottish study has found. Calves are more likely to succumb to disease during this period due to antibody levels from their dams waning and stressful events such as dehorning or mixing groups. Vet Jimmy More […]

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