5 ways to reduce methane in dairy cows through nutrition

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Methane output from cows has been in focus of late, largely because of its high global warming potential. However, Liam Sinclair, professor of animal science at Harper Adams University, says farmers can take steps to lower methane emissions by tweaking cow diets. “There are discussions as to whether methane should be considered the same as […]

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How farmers and advisers are failing transition cows

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Pre-calving cows don’t have adequate room in cubicle housing and one in five is lame (score two or above). These were just two of the concerning findings from a recent PhD study into transition cow management by Harper Adams student Emma Redfern. Mrs Redfern carried out 56 interviews with farmers, vets, and nutritionists in the […]

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Livestock farming links to climate change solution

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British livestock production can contribute to global cooling and should form part of the solution to climate change, an environment summit has heard. The Countryside COP summit has been organised to raise rural environmental issues ahead of the global COP26 talks in November. At the webinar, Cranfield University’s Michelle Cain explained an alternative method of […]

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9 benefits of switching to a zero-grazing system

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Housing cows and delivering fresh grass to them daily on a zero-grazing system has helped Colin Murdoch make the most of every corner of the farm, boost milk from forage and reduce costs. He decided to stop grazing in 2016 following concerns that heavy rainfall and grazing were having a detrimental effect on soils. A […]

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Plasma technology reduces emissions in slurry by 90%

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Applying air and electricity to slurry traps almost all ammonia emissions when applied to fields, a UK trial has shown. Plasma-treated fertiliser converted from cow slurry was tested for ammonia emissions and nitrogen use efficiency by agricultural and environmental consultancy Adas in a joint trial with dairy company Arla at Holly Green Farm in Buckinghamshire. […]

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Johne’s assessment deadline approaches

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Applying air and electricity to slurry traps almost all ammonia emissions when applied to fields, a UK trial has shown. Plasma-treated fertiliser converted from cow slurry was tested for ammonia emissions and nitrogen use efficiency by agricultural and environmental consultancy Adas in a joint trial with dairy company Arla at Holly Green Farm in Buckinghamshire. […]

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Dairy Farmer of the Year

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Mark Larwood, Oak House Farm, Norwich, Norfolk Mark Larwood is the 2021 Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the year. Mark is proof that excellent cow health and fertility can generate exceptional financial performance. His attention to detail in all aspects of his family’s dairy business is impressive. But perhaps what’s more inspiring is the fact […]

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Farms buy lime as fertiliser trades near £500/t

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A two-fold increase in ammonium nitrate prices should prompt farmers to focus on sourcing lime products to optimise soil pH levels. Fertiliser prices have skyrocketed this autumn, with October/November quotes of ammonium nitrate at £475-£480/t. Gas prices, haulage issues and panic-buying have combined to stoke fertiliser values, while lime prices are relatively stable in comparison. […]

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Milk quality issues: Causes and how to reduce the risk

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There has been a steady stream of farmers with milk quality issues, especially those with block-calving herds in late pregnancy and early lactation, and herds at grass, according to Andrew Bradley, professor of dairy herd health and production at the University of Nottingham and director of Quality Milk Management Services (QMMS). Bugs in milk may […]

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Maize Watch: Harvest progresses as weather worsens

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The maize harvest progresses across the country as autumn sets in, and with it some heavy rain.  Toby Tibbenham sampling for Farmers Weekly in Norfolk harvested his maize last week (27 September), avoiding the worst of the weather. “The crop yielded really well, except for a small field that followed sugar beet that had poor […]

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