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Benefits of cross-breeding dairy and is it right for you?

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have been comparing the performance of three-way-cross cows (made up of Viking Red, Montbeliarde and Holstein) to Holsteins. It differs from a similar study completed last year because it is the first to be conducted on commercial herds within the US. Farmers Weekly was invited to a study tour in […]

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Breakthrough in quest for TB cattle vaccine

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Scientists say they have made a breakthrough which could be a crucial step in the introduction of cattle TB vaccine programmes. Researchers have developed two candidate skin tests for cattle which they say can distinguish between animals that are infected with bovine TB and those that have been vaccinated against the disease with the BCG […]

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How a dairy herd managed drought with 6.5p/litre feed cost

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Strict control of parlour feeding and a tight autumn-calving block saw a Cornish dairy through the 2018 drought with a total purchased feed cost of 6.52p/litre. Because peak lactation happens in December, when cows are housed, a lot of the pressure was taken off Paul Richards and the team at Splattenridden Farm, near Hayle, when […]

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Q&A: Growing and feeding drought-tolerant lucerne

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Lucerne is a deep-rooted, nitrogen-fixing crop that has seen a surge in interest among livestock farmers looking for a drought-tolerant fodder option. Sam Lane technical manager at Cotswold Seeds and AHDB Dairy’s Siwan Howatson offer some advice on growing the crop. See also: Advice for farmers on multi-grazing hybrid brassicas What is Lucerne? Lucerne is […]

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Top Holstein traits for daily lifetime yield revealed

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Lucerne is a deep-rooted, nitrogen-fixing crop that has seen a surge in interest among livestock farmers looking for a drought-tolerant fodder option. Sam Lane technical manager at Cotswold Seeds and AHDB Dairy’s Siwan Howatson offer some advice on growing the crop. See also: Advice for farmers on multi-grazing hybrid brassicas What is Lucerne? Lucerne is […]

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PLI has greatest correlation to daily lifetime yield

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Lucerne is a deep-rooted, nitrogen-fixing crop that has seen a surge in interest among livestock farmers looking for a drought-tolerant fodder option. Sam Lane technical manager at Cotswold Seeds and AHDB Dairy’s Siwan Howatson offer some advice on growing the crop. See also: Advice for farmers on multi-grazing hybrid brassicas What is Lucerne? Lucerne is […]

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Q&A: What you need to know about Mycoplasma bovis in cattle

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Mycoplasma bovis (or M bovis) is a bacterial disease found in dairy and beef cattle. It can lead to serious illness in cattle affecting health and production. Farmers whose herds have been affected have reported issues with lameness, unexplained death, low yields and poor fertility. (See Wake-up call as disease costs dairy farmer £1m.) There […]

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How a Gloucestershire herd makes MOPF of £1,656 a cow

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Producing quality silage and block calving in the summer are allowing a Gloucestershire dairy to hit a margin over purchased feed (MOPF) of £1,656 a cow (27p/litre). The crossbred herd of Rob, Enid and Oscar Seex of Whitley Court Farm, Upton St Leonards, is consistently producing 75-85% of its milk from forage at a feed […]

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Blackleg cases prompt warning to vaccinate

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Farmers have been warned to vaccinate stock against blackleg after a disease-surveillance service detected a rise in the number of cases. The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) said the rise had been seen in post-mortem submissions from farms in Northern Ireland over recent weeks. See also: Vet Viewpoint: Blackleg, scours and heifer selection The organisation […]

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How Cargill innovations are improving livestock nutrition

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Cargill Animal Nutrition (CAN) is at the forefront of livestock nutrition. With access to the latest innovations, its UK team brings advanced and reliable nutritional developments to UK cattle, pig, poultry and sheep producers. Improved feed efficiency and sustainability are the key drivers for CAN; and these are the areas that are central to the […]

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