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Which milking parlour is best for your dairy?

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Having the best parlour for your system can pay dividends, in terms of milk yield, quality and your work life. If you’re thinking about changing your parlour or going into dairy the most important thing is to have a comprehensive plan, says Ian Ohnstad, director at The Dairy Group. “Consider what your objectives are – […]

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Vet viewpoint: Lungworm, health plans and biosecurity

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Autumn breeding decisions, biosecurity and health plans are the main talking points among XL Vet across the UK this month. There is also a warning on lungworm with sporadic cases occurring across the UK in the wet, but still relatively mild, autumn weather. Lucy Ferguson Millcroft Veterinary Group, Cockermouth, Cumbria Lungworm is widespread across the […]

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2019 Gold Cup dairy farmer finalists revealed

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This year’s shortlist for the 2019 Gold Cup highlights the award’s remit in identifying the best across all sectors, with cross-bred herds, an organic system and top production units in the running. The winner of the award, sponsored by National Milk Records (NMR) and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), will be presented […]

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Maize Watch: Crops ready to harvest in all areas

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This year’s shortlist for the 2019 Gold Cup highlights the award’s remit in identifying the best across all sectors, with cross-bred herds, an organic system and top production units in the running. The winner of the award, sponsored by National Milk Records (NMR) and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), will be presented […]

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Commercial milkers £100 a head dearer on the year

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Dairy cattle trade has remained strong into the autumn, with bovine TB culling and ample forage stocks supporting demand. Freshly calved cows and heifers were £108 and £138 dearer on the year in September, at £1,459 and £1,142, respectively, according to AHDB data. Average heifer prices have slipped back £60-£70 a head since prices peaked […]

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Sharp rise in calving difficulties prompts warning

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Beef and dairy farmers have reported a sharp rise in calving difficulties, sparking warnings for both autumn and spring-calving herds. The increase has been blamed on ideal summer growing conditions which produced dense, high quality, grass swards. As a result, cattle are in body condition scores well in excess of three and are worryingly over-fit, […]

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Police probe virus attack on National Milk Records systems

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Police are investigating a cyber attack on the computer systems at National Milk Records (NMR), which has disabled services to UK dairy farmers for a month. The “ransomware” attack – so called because the perpetrator demands a ransom to stop the virus – has been reported to the National Cyber Crime Security Centre, said NMR […]

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Buyer’s guide: 5 of the latest cow brushes

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Police are investigating a cyber attack on the computer systems at National Milk Records (NMR), which has disabled services to UK dairy farmers for a month. The “ransomware” attack – so called because the perpetrator demands a ransom to stop the virus – has been reported to the National Cyber Crime Security Centre, said NMR […]

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Four Staffordshire farmers sentenced for TB offences

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Staffordshire farmers who moved cattle from a holding under bovine TB restrictions and then sold them as their own have been prosecuted. The four farmers admitted they had conspired together in moving cattle from a premises under TB restrictions and then fraudulently retagging the animals to make it look as if they had been born […]

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Step-by-step guide to identifying and treating lame cows

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Lameness levels have increased from 38 to 40 cases per 100 cows, probably as a result of heat stress over the summer and more time spent standing to cool down. But this has not been helped by a slow uptake of recommended treatment protocols, research shows. In 2015, the results of an extensive four-year AHDB […]

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