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How to prevent and treat a salmonella outbreak on farm

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Although there is no routine salmonella monitoring in cattle in the UK, it is becoming an increasing problem in herds across the country. An outbreak can have serious cost implications for the business, including high abortion rates, high calf mortality, reduced growth rates and depressed fertility in animals that do overcome the infection. It is […]

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Dairies can access two free online tools to aid breeding

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Dairy cattle breeders are being urged to make use of two free online breeding tools from AHDB Dairy to help with bull selection and semen ordering. The two services are called the “breeding trait selector” and the “semen calculator”, both of which are being supported by advisory workshops – see the AHDB website for more […]

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How to calculate your FCE to maximise feed use and profits

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Farmers should monitor feed conversion efficiency (FCE) this winter to maximise feed input and profitability. A 0.1 change in FCE can affect milk yields by as much as two litres a cow a day, with cows that don’t achieve their target FCE contributing to an under-utilisation of feed inputs, and lost profits. Calculating FCE Dairy […]

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How calf rearers have drastically reduced pneumonia cases

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Thomas Williams has drastically reduced calf pneumonia by 36% since erecting a purpose-built calf unit.  Mr Williams, who farms with his parents Robert and Angela and wife Michelle in Ellesmere, Shropshire, buys calves from Meadow Quality and finishes about 200 beef animals annually. Rearing calves were originally housed in a large beef shed with a […]

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Q&A: Pneumonia in calves and how to combat it

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Young calves have a big surface area for their body size, which means they can lose heat very quickly. This, combined with the fact their immune system is not yet fully developed, puts them at risk from a range of diseases. Pneumonia is a particular risk, especially in damp, wet conditions, with studies showing the […]

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7 risk factors of pneumonia in calves and how to avoid them

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Buying calves from multiple sources and feeding calves only once a day could be putting animals at risk of getting pneumonia, a study has found. AHDB assessed data from eight calf rearers supplying Meadow Quality, in order to investigate the common risks factors associated with pneumonia. Pneumonia is a respiratory disease caused by inflammation of the […]

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Brexit – Important information for meat and dairy exporters

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Farmers and food producers who export meat and dairy products to the EU will need to take new steps after Brexit. For meat and dairy exports, the process is different in some places. Therefore, to ensure your businesses follow the correct process, Defra has released a roadmap which sets out the individual steps that exporters […]

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What to consider when switching to three-times-a-day milking

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Moving to three-times-a-day milking can have benefits for cow health and yield and the hours can be more sociable, but the added costs and extra labour associated with an extra milking shouldn’t be overlooked. Kite Consulting’s Chloe Cross lists some key considerations farmers should make when deciding on whether to make the switch. There are […]

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How to calibrate your dairy parlour feeders

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Routine calibration of feed-to-yield parlour feeders can help drive down concentrate costs or increase milk yields on dairy farms. Feed can account for 40% of total costs, yet calibration is a job that is often overlooked. Inaccurate feeders dispense more than a cow needs, adding to costs, or not enough, resulting in underperformance. Each feeder […]

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Rule changes help slash critically important antibiotics use by 92%

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Red Tractor-assured cattle and sheep farms have cut the use of some of the most critically important antibiotics by 92%. The dramatic reduction in use of the highest-priority, critically important antibiotics (HP-CIAs) followed the introduction of tougher Red Tractor standards in June 2018. Less than 18 months later, a new study released at the British […]

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