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WIYLS visits a £300,000 self-build cubicle shed

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An automatic ventilation system capable of refreshing air in the entire building in just 90 seconds is one of the factors that has enabled a Welsh dairy farm to slash its antibiotics use. For three years in succession, there have been just six cases of mastitis annually in the Allison family’s high-yielding 270-cow Holstein herd […]

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How a farmer slashed milking times and improved udder health

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A Shropshire dairy farmer has cut milking times by two hours a day, improved udder health and reduced antibiotics use by making small tweaks to his parlour settings. Robert Mayer, who milks 225 cows alongside his father, Bob, at Orslow Manor Farm in Newport, noticed a high proportion of cows were suffering from teat-end damage. […]

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5 tips on maintaining cow tracks

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Over time, tracks can be worn away by surface water and use, making it inevitable that maintenance will be required. Preserving the life and performance of a cow track can prevent foot injuries, as well as reducing run-off and degradation. The amount of maintenance depends on the type of track, the number of cows, how […]

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Will genomics work for my dairy herd?

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Genomic testing has grown in popularity over the last five years, although is still far from the norm, with only 3% of farms undertaking tests. With superior reliability of 68% in calves just weeks old, genomics can be used to increase the rate of genetic gain with return on investment often quoted as being 3-10%. […]

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How hill farmers are improving upland ground and stock rates

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Fencing in-bye land and rougher hill ground has enabled Scottish beef and sheep producer Alex Brewster to lift stock units by 51.2 and give up 40ha of rented ground. Since switching from set stocking to rotational grazing about seven years ago lamb weights have lifted by 3kg a head, but driven by his Nuffield Scholarship, […]

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What causes silage clamp slippage and how to avoid it

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Uneven density is the biggest cause for silage slippage in UK clamps, an AHDB-funded study has concluded. The 18-month study, which was conducted by independent consultant Dr Dave Davies of Silage Solutions, also found clamps were filled too steep on some farms and chop length was a tertiary contributing factor. Silage slippage occurs when a […]

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How Arla is helping dairy farmers to reduce carbon emissions

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Events in recent months have highlighted both the strength and the fragility of our industry. Graham Wilkinson, Agriculture Director for Arla Foods, reveals how the cooperative spirit at Arla has kept the team going. What a couple of months it has been! We all know how difficult recent weeks have been for anyone selling into […]

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What is the value of leader-follower systems for dairy calves?

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Heifer replacements in a spring-calving dairy herd are achieving average daily liveweight gains of 0.75kg from birth to calving, after a system of grazing them in paddocks six days ahead of the milkers removed coccidiosis infection from pasture. Chris and Debbie Mossman’s February- and March-born calves are turned out in May. They had grazed youngstock […]

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Better way of measuring reveals ideal dairy cow living space

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A new on-farm measurement for dairy cow buildings, known as living space, has been developed to provide a better understanding of space allowances for adult dairy cows. Researchers believe living space is a better way to measure cow space than the traditional definition, loafing area, which is ambiguous, lacks industry consensus and causes confusion among […]

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Dairy farmers reject vegan calls to switch to plant products

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Dairy farmers have hit back at calls by vegan organisations for the UK government to encourage them to leave the industry and transition to plant-based farming. A collective group of vegan advocacy organisations in the UK has written to Defra secretary George Eustice, asking that dairy farmers should be given help to make the switch. […]

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