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How to save £150 a head by outwintering dairy heifers

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Outwintering in-calf heifers is a viable option for high-yielding herds looking to reduce costs and has now been shown to have no negative effect on future milk production and fertility. AHDB Dairy research carried out at Harper Adams University shows that, with careful planning and management, in-calf heifers destined for high-output TMR system yielding 9,600kg […]

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Prince Charles' dairy scheme extends support for farmers

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Dairy farmers with fewer than 200 cows and who farm in one of five specified regions have an opportunity to sign up to a free scheme which aims to improve the viability of their businesses. The Prince’s Dairy Initiative is looking for traditional family dairy farmers to join the fourth year of its programme which […]

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How to make a profit from milk – with goats

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Recording milking data using EID, reformulating rations and improving feed regimes has helped Monmouthshire goat farmer Gary Yeomans increase milk yields by 21% in the past 12 months. Last year the herd of 504 goats at Pant Farm, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, was yielding 750 litres a goat/year on average. But in the past year close attention to […]

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6 top tips for getting into milking goats

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Higher milk prices are attracting many farmers into goat farming. Independent nutritionist Tom Chamberlain and vet Matthew Pugh from Belmont Vets, Hereford, share their top tips. 1. Be careful with forage quality, storage and management. Goats are more susceptible to problems (such as listeriosis) caused by poor-quality forage and can also suffer from acidosis.  2. […]

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Dairy Pro Mobile Phone App

The Dairy Pro mobile App is on its way!  The App will make recording training and development activity even easier than before.  It’s designed to work on both iPhone and Android devices, and will allow Dairy Pro members to store their membership details, get automatically ‘scanned in’ at events, and electronically record their attendance and update the points.
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Food chain experts say professionalism will open doors

Increasing professionalism within the dairy industry will help open doors to new markets and reduce risk. This was the message from two Dairy Pro seminars held at the Livestock Event last month, at which the value of training, skills and engagement with those in the food-producing business – including dairy farms – was explored.
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Selenium-enriched fertiliser boosts dairy herd's fertility

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Brian and Anne-Marie Doheny farm one of the most selenium deficient areas of Ireland, and have struggled with the effect on herd health for years. Despite trying different boluses and adding selenium to the water, as well as giving minerals to dry cows, nothing has really worked, says Mr Doheny. As a result the farm […]

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