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Dairy-Tech 2020: Latest gadgets and tech for your herd

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The Dairy-Tech event returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 5 February, which showcases the very latest gadgets and innovations. Organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), has announced there will be more than 300 exhibitors and 55 new products at this year’s show. Here is a taster of some of the innovations […]

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UK-wide livestock disease group gets green light

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A UK-wide cattle and sheep industry group has been created to step up the fight against endemic diseases which cost the two sectors £500m a year. From 1 April, the Ruminant Health and Welfare Group (RHWG) will work with the AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), Hybu Cig Cymru/Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Northern Ireland’s Livestock […]

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Scandi co-op launches genomic testing service for UK cattle

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Viking Genetics, a Scandinavian farmer-owned breeding co-op, has launched its female genomic testing service in the UK. The co-op is owned by 20,000 cattle farmers across Denmark, Sweden and Finland and will provide UK dairy producers with genomic figures for 40 genetic traits. As well as production performance, these show indexes for general health and […]

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Stable daily milk yield a sign of ‘trouble-free’ cow

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Cows with stable daily milk yields have fewer health problems and a longer productive life than cows with fluctuations in daily production, say Dutch researchers. This is according to daily milk records from more than 1.2 million cows, which found a correlation between stable milk yield and fewer metabolic and udder problems. The research – […]

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What is the value of weighing dairy cows?

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Automatically weighing cows when they enter the milking robot could provide a useful gauge of feed and dry cow management success, and also enable accurate dosing of medicines. Weigh platforms can be added as an optional extra to certain manufacturer’s milking robots; either within the milking stall, or on the exit race. The system will […]

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Johne’s disease scheme now covers 75% of milk production

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A scheme designed to combat Johne’s disease has been hailed as a success after figures revealed it now covers 75% of British milk production. The National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) is a co-ordinated disease management programme run by the Action Group on Johne’s. See also: Why dairy farmers should tackle Johne’s now How the scheme […]

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How to decide if investing in dairy tech is worthwhile

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The technology available to dairy farmers is developing fast and it can be difficult to decide where to invest your hard-earned cash. To help decide which technology is really worth investing in, Ben Watts from Kite Consulting examines seven technologies; summarising their advantages and disadvantages, average cost and payback period. Do the sums and look […]

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What to see at Dairy-Tech 2020

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Exploiting satellite intelligence, weighing cattle with a camera and a debate on low- versus high-input farm systems are just some of the must-sees at Dairy-Tech 2020. The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ (RABDF) event at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on 5 February has become a key date in the farming calendar. Event details Date: Wednesday […]

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How can farmers improve feed security amid climate change?

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Climate change means UK farmers are experiencing more extreme weather conditions which can make growing crops far harder. What lessons can be learned from other countries to help improve feed security? Rhian Price reports from the US and Australia. UK farmers are experiencing some of the most volatile weather in history. Four out of five farmers […]

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ORFC: Tree leaves could counter zinc and cobalt deficiencies in livestock

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Researchers have found willow trees could play an important role in combating mineral deficiencies in livestock. The research, carried out for the Woodland Trust, showed willow could act as a valuable cobalt and zinc supplement. The study looked at how trees in shelter-belts, hedgerows and in-field locations could provide additional tree-browse and fodder. See also: […]

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