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April bull proofs: Holstein rankings see new number one

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The number one genomic sire in April’s proven Holstein bull proof run is Genosource Captain, AHDB Dairy has announced. One of tranche of new entries to the list, Captain’s genomic Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) is £882. The figure reflects his extreme Predicted Transmitting Abilities (PTAs) for production (1016kg milk, 49.1kg fat) combined with excellent maintenance […]

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6 tips on managing grass nutrition after flooding

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Maize and grassland growers are being advised to test soils following winter floods which have decimated crops. Grassland advisers are warning that low soil indices are likely due to leaching caused by heavy rainfall. It is also unlikely growers will be able to apply the usual amount of farmyard manure (FYM) or slurry, to fields […]

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Vets back vaccination as lungworm cases jump 44% in 2019

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Maize and grassland growers are being advised to test soils following winter floods which have decimated crops. Grassland advisers are warning that low soil indices are likely due to leaching caused by heavy rainfall. It is also unlikely growers will be able to apply the usual amount of farmyard manure (FYM) or slurry, to fields […]

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How dairy farmer has improved post-calving health

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Dedicated housing for transition cows has improved post-calving cow health at a Welsh dairy farm. John and Anna Booth invested in the new facility at Rhual Dairy, an AHDB Strategic Dairy Farm, near Mold, in 2018. The shed has provided more room, enabling the transition period to be extended to four weeks. The previous infrastructure […]

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How slurry inoculants helped halve farmer fertiliser use

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Somerset dairy farmer James Read has halved his fertiliser bill by using a slurry inoculant. When Mr Read replaced his parlour with robots in 2008, it meant housing had to be redesigned. He decided to install slatted floors, with an underground slurry pit and a robotic scraper. But that presented its own challenges; minimising the […]

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6 housing tips for better dairy production and welfare

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A few inexpensive, practical changes to the housing environment can make all the difference to the health, welfare and productivity of a dairy herd says Alice Miller of Friars Moor Livestock Health. The productive dairy cow is more likely to achieve her genetic potential when allowed to thrive in the best environment. Reviewing the dairy […]

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4 livestock health issues to address ahead of turnout

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A few inexpensive, practical changes to the housing environment can make all the difference to the health, welfare and productivity of a dairy herd says Alice Miller of Friars Moor Livestock Health. The productive dairy cow is more likely to achieve her genetic potential when allowed to thrive in the best environment. Reviewing the dairy […]

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Stock farmers warned to prepare for early fly threat

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Sheep and cattle farmers should prepare for an earlier and more prolonged fly season following a mild and wet winter. Biologist Dave Goulson, from the University of Sussex, has warned an earlier season will increase and speed up breeding. Met Office figures show November, December and January were all wetter than normal, and February temperatures […]

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Should you convert to sand bedding on your dairy?

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Sand is the gold standard when it comes to cow comfort and udder health, meaning that many farmers are looking at ways to upgrade from mats to sand bedding. Its inert nature means sand harbours less mastitis causing pathogens, and also helps to keep cows clean and comfortable – all of which combine to aid […]

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Coronavirus: Create an emergency plan in case you fall ill

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Farm consultants from the Farm Advisory Service have created an emergency document to help farmers plan ahead in case they fall ill during the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency plan template is available to download and allows farmers to record essential information to ensure someone can care for livestock if a key worker becomes unwell. See […]

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