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Advice on testing and keeping water clean for livestock

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A “control, check and clean” approach to managing water quality in cattle drinking troughs can encourage higher intakes and remove harmful bacteria. Contaminated water will reduce intakes – with cattle put off by the taste and smell – as well as increasing the risk of disease. Vet David Staak of Market Hall Vets, St Clears […]

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Guidance on improving water provision for dairy cows

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Cattle farmers typically ask for advice on feed issues like rations, intakes, palatability, presentation and trough space. But when it comes to what is arguably the cows’ most important nutrient – water – they are less consistent. Yet water becomes very important for both housed and grazed cows during the summer. Water is required for […]

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A guide on how to harvest rainwater on a farm

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Livestock farms can use large amounts of water, with one study by Adas suggesting dairy farms spend £31-£100 a cow a year on water. It may be a worthwhile investment to harvest rainwater to cut down on water bills. Rainwater harvesting can be used in all livestock sectors where there are buildings to collect water. […]

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How Daylesford dairy is making a margin over concentrate of 29ppl

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A “control, check and clean” approach to managing water quality in cattle drinking troughs can encourage higher intakes and remove harmful bacteria. Contaminated water will reduce intakes – with cattle put off by the taste and smell – as well as increasing the risk of disease. Vet David Staak of Market Hall Vets, St Clears […]

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How Daylesford dairy is making a gross margin of 29p/litre

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Daylesford Organic Farm is successfully keeping production costs down by running a low-input system and maximising milk from forage. The dairy is achieving a gross margin of 29p/litre, with milk sold to its own in-house creamery, producing kefir, yoghurts and cheeses, for 40p/litre year-round. Priority is placed on producing milk solids, with the cows yielding […]

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Video: Vets see spike of pica cases reported in cattle

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Daylesford Organic Farm is successfully keeping production costs down by running a low-input system and maximising milk from forage. The dairy is achieving a gross margin of 29p/litre, with milk sold to its own in-house creamery, producing kefir, yoghurts and cheeses, for 40p/litre year-round. Priority is placed on producing milk solids, with the cows yielding […]

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Low Irish kill supports strong cull cow prices of 300p/kg

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Surging cull cow prices are rewarding patient finishers who held on to cows in the spring as the coronavirus lockdown shook supply chains. Cull cow base prices are up to about 300p/kg this week and the national mart average has lifted 15-20p/kg to 125p/kg – putting more than £100 on a cow’s value over the […]

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How a dairy farmer cut electricity costs by £2,000 a year

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Surging cull cow prices are rewarding patient finishers who held on to cows in the spring as the coronavirus lockdown shook supply chains. Cull cow base prices are up to about 300p/kg this week and the national mart average has lifted 15-20p/kg to 125p/kg – putting more than £100 on a cow’s value over the […]

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7 tips to help improve mastitis treatment

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Dairy farmers should review and tighten mastitis treatment programmes, as figures show poor cure rates on UK farms, according to vet Kath Aplin. Speaking at a webinar on mastitis, Ms Aplin, vet adviser for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, said treatment routines could be improved. See also: How a farmer slashed milking times and improved udder […]

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Deadweight cattle prices edge above five-year average

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Deadweight cattle prices have continued to rise this week, edging above the five-year average for the first time in 2020, according to AHDB figures. For the week ended 30 May, the all-prime average rose to £3.45/kg, up by 7.5p/kg on the previous seven-day figure. See also: Miscanthus: Can it tackle climate change and turn a […]

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