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Silo MOT app launched to help prevent farm accidents

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Veterinary technician services are to be expanded across VetPartners’ 28 farm practices, so clients will have access to the service by the end of the year. VetPartners has 130 practices in total throughout the UK, including LLM Farm Vets, Westpoint Farm Vets and Garth Pig Vets. To support the rollout, VetPartners is working with the […]

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Ayrshire herd picks up RABDF Gold Cup award

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The Sloan family from Auchinleck, Ayrshire, have won the prestigious 2019 NMR RABDF Gold Cup. Robert Sloan and his wife Emma were presented with the trophy at Dairy Tech, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, yesterday (6 February). The duo farm with Robert’s parents, Bryce and Anne, and run two herds; 180 Holsteins under the Townlaw prefix and […]

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How a dairy farmer saves two to three cows a year

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Dairy farmer Bert Versteeg from The Netherlands believes that it is very important to have healthy and fertile cows and activity monitoring technology helps to achieve this. He worked with Nedap cow identification in the milking parlour from 2007 to 2014. Nedap CowControl was deployed at the end of 2014 with the arrival of the […]

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Farmers get behind third #Februdairy campaign

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Februdairy is back – with farmers celebrating everything that’s great about our dairy industry. Starting on 1 February, the month-long campaign aims to flood social media with thousands of posts to promote the British dairy industry. Dairy producers have already been shouting out about the benefits of milk products in the diet on Twitter, Instagram and […]

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Video: How a large dairy is keeping youngstock mortality low

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A large US dairy is achieving exceptionally low mortality rates of 1% in its pre-weaned calves, and hitting daily growth rates of 800g up to weaning. About 1,800 calves will be on milk at any one time at Cow Palace Dairy in Washington State, with nine employees responsible for caring both for them and the […]

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NFU seeks solution to bull calf euthanasia

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NFU dairy chairman Michael Oakes has urged the dairy industry to work together to end the practice of shooting bull calves – arguing it is a massive “own goal” for the sector. Retailers, suppliers and producers need to engage with the government and the NFU to find a solution that does not adversely affect the […]

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AHDB launches tool to diagnose and tackle mastitis

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The AHDB has launched a computer-based diagnostic and management system to help dairy farmers tackle mastitis in their herds. The system is called QuarterPRO which stands for Quarterly Predict, React and Optimise. It is formed around a three-step process: Data collection and analysis Using vets, advisers and published material to tackle the issue Repeating the […]

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Vegan activists target Februdairy campaign

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Anti-dairy campaigners say they have raised £5,000 to pay for billboards in 10 British cities urging consumers to boycott milk. The campaign group Animal Equality said the billboards would be displayed to coincide with “Februdairy” – the dairy industry’s month-long promotion. See also: Complaints see vegan ads removed from buses Due to start on 1 February, […]

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How to make sure your parlour is running properly

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Poorly serviced, maintained and operated milking machines can result in inefficient or incomplete milking, poor milk quality, teat trauma and mastitis infections. With herd sizes increasing and parlours operating for longer, an annual service by a dairy engineer is no longer sufficient. Udder health vet Tom Greenham advocates a series of checks to prevent unplanned […]

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How mastitis detection tech helped reduce antibiotic use

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Wrexham dairy farmer Stephen Massey says using technology to sample individual quarters for cell counts has given him the confidence to start using teat sealant alone on some of his cows at drying-off. Mr Massey is one of three Welsh farmers trialling the VetScan DC-Q Scout as part of a Farming Connect-funded two-year study, which […]

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