Guide to tackling white line disease in cattle

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White line disease is one of the most common causes of cattle lameness on farm. Farmers Weekly spoke to Hannah Fitzsimmonds, vet at LLM Farm Vets and member of VetPartners’ Mobility Special Interest Group, to find out more about the disease and the best ways to treat cases. What is white line disease? White line […]

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4 farmers’ badger-proofing inventions help cut TB risk

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White line disease is one of the most common causes of cattle lameness on farm. Farmers Weekly spoke to Hannah Fitzsimmonds, vet at LLM Farm Vets and member of VetPartners’ Mobility Special Interest Group, to find out more about the disease and the best ways to treat cases. What is white line disease? White line […]

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Somerset farm stunned by 105kg heifer calf

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A watchful eye is being kept on a monster heifer calf born over the weekend on a Somerset dairy that tipped the scales at 105kg. Both Holstein cow and purebred Holstein calf are doing “remarkably well” after a caesarean section was required on Saturday 26 June at Coombes Manor Farm, Bridgwater. Tim Coombes, 23, who […]

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Changes to Johne’s disease programme delayed

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A watchful eye is being kept on a monster heifer calf born over the weekend on a Somerset dairy that tipped the scales at 105kg. Both Holstein cow and purebred Holstein calf are doing “remarkably well” after a caesarean section was required on Saturday 26 June at Coombes Manor Farm, Bridgwater. Tim Coombes, 23, who […]

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Sexed semen sales double to 63.5% of all dairy semen sales

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Sales of sexed dairy semen have doubled over the past two years, according to a recent AHDB survey of breeding companies. In the 12 months to March 2021, sales of sexed semen made up 63.5% of all dairy semen sales, up from 31.9% in 2019. The increase reflects a sharp upwards trend since 2017, when […]

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How and why to rectify trace element deficiencies in heifers

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Stillbirths can be an economic and a welfare issue for dairy farmers – with losses in heifers often caused by trace element deficiencies. Farmers Weekly spoke to James Husband, vet and head of livestock development at Map of Ag, to find out how farmers can best diagnose and rectify suspected deficiencies. See also: How to […]

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FAO Outlook: Increased food output to be met by strong demand

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Early forecasts point to a resilient global food trade in 2021-22, with increased supplies met by strong demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The FAO’s twice-yearly report sets out likely prospects and drivers for the coming months in a sector-by-sector breakdown.  See also: Farmer numbers expected to plummet […]

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How to counter first-cut protein shortfall after cold spring

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Dairy farms that have grass silage with low crude protein levels should consider cost-effective protein sources this winter, after April’s cold nights slowed growth and limited nitrogen uptake.  Farmers that cut early in April and early May generally managed to get a high-energy, but low-protein crop. Trouw Nutrition’s analysis of 500 first-cut silages concludes: There […]

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5 key points to consider when selecting teat dip for your herd

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Irrespective of the season, never underestimate the importance of good udder hygiene. An effective and consistent milking teat dipping regime, both before and after milking, is vital to optimise cow health and productivity on your farm. Pre-milking teat disinfection has been shown to reduce bacterial numbers on the udder and to be most effective against […]

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7 top tips on establishing herbal leys

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Mixed crops, particularly herbal leys, create diversity in root systems that help soil structure, says Kate Still, farming programme delivery manager at the Soil Association. In turn, improved structure benefits crop yields, water retention and soil organic matter content. Herbal leys have sparked a lot of interest from livestock and arable farmers alike, she says. […]

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