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Maize Watch: Advice on reducing soil erosion post harvest

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Initial maize yields look good, with big cobs which have matured well and green leaf still on the plants, latest Maize Watch growers report. Good weather has allowed harvest teams to start chopping maize with sites in the South East and South West having already started harvesting. Advice for harvest: Check your crops twice a […]

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Why structural fibre is essential for fresh cows

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Ensuring structural fibre is available to fresh cows in very early lactation could ease transition by reducing metabolic issues and stabilising rumen function. This is according to NWF head of technical Adam Clay, who said it was worthwhile splitting off cows for the first five days of their lactation.   He told the UK Dairy […]

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Advice on cutting dairy ration costs this winter

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Farmers could save money on purchased feed this winter by making the most of plentiful stocks of good-quality forages. Analysis of first- and second-cut grass silage carried out by Trouw Nutrition GB shows that average protein and energy levels are good at 14.5% crude protein (CP) and 11.05 metabolisable energy (ME) (see table below). Revealing […]

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Defra plans to introduce new system to record livestock movements by next September

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Livestock farmers could be using a new system to record animal movements and deaths as soon as next September. Defra has been developing a new traceability system called the Livestock Information Service (LIS) over the past three years in consultation with industry stakeholders, under a partnership called the Traceability Design User Group (TDUG). When plans […]

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Newbirks Jazz takes UK Dairy Day crown

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Swiss Holstein judge Patrick Ruttiman was bowled over by the quality on show at the sixth UK Dairy Day at the International Centre Telford on Wednesday (11 September). But he was in no doubt that Newbirks Jazz 1584 (EX95) was a worthy winner of the Holstein and interbreed championship. This is the latest accolade in […]

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How can the dairy sector counter the vegan challenge?

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Just how prevalent is veganism, how persuasive are the arguments and what should the dairy sector be doing about it?  Vegans may make a lot of noise, but their overall impact on the dairy market is still somewhat limited, while many of the arguments used against the sector do not stand up to close scrutiny. […]

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UK dairy farms wasting £3m during cleaning routines

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UK farms could be wasting more than £3m a year in energy losses and incorrect disinfectant doses during cleaning routines, research has shown. The findings were drawn from an analysis of data entered by farmers into a smartphone app designed by hygiene products manufacturer Deosan. See also: Guide to water heating options for your dairy […]

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New maize varieties revealed on BSPB’s annual list

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UK farms could be wasting more than £3m a year in energy losses and incorrect disinfectant doses during cleaning routines, research has shown. The findings were drawn from an analysis of data entered by farmers into a smartphone app designed by hygiene products manufacturer Deosan. See also: Guide to water heating options for your dairy […]

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10 tips to build a Brexit cash reserve for dairy farmers

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Dairy producers should consider trimming capital expenditure and fixing costs to build up a cash reserve ahead of potential shocks from a no-deal Brexit, a dairy farm consultant has said. Locking in feed costs by forward purchasing and suspending machinery purchases are just two of 10 things (see “10 prudent steps dairy farmers can take […]

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Guide launched to improve livestock ration formulation

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Premier Nutrition has launched a global feed ingredients matrix to help nutritionists formulate livestock rations more accurately. The Premier Atlas is the first of its kind and contains more than 260 raw materials and 40,000 nutrients. The extensive guide covers a comprehensive analysis of ingredients for cereals, roots, legumes, by-products and more. The atlas acts […]

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