How to control dairy costs without compromising on cow health

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Many dairy farmers are searching for ways to control costs without compromising cow comfort, health or performance. Activity monitoring systems can help achieve cost savings by streamlining everyday tasks and reducing animal care and reproductive costs. “We’ve seen dairy farms of all sizes in the UK and Ireland turn to activity monitoring systems to help […]

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Muckspreading rules: How dairy farmers will be affected

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Farming is in the firing line as the Environment Agency adopts a tougher approach to protecting England’s watercourses from agricultural pollution. Much confusion surrounds the new rules for spreading organic manures, which may prevent applications to fields in England this autumn. While the guidance does allow the continued spreading of farmyard manure, slurry and digestate […]

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Straw-for-muck agreements: The benefits and how to do it

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Muck-for-straw exchanges can bring mutual gains for livestock and arable businesses.  The arable business provides straw for bedding and, in return, can integrate organic manure into the soils it uses for crop production, while the livestock farm has an outlet for nutrients over and above its own requirements. Historically, deals have been informal, but with […]

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Tools that can help with carbon footprint assessments

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Ambitious carbon footprinting requirements from milk buyers are an opportunity to improve farm efficiency and road-test important environmental impact tools, farmers heard at Dairy Day this week (15 September). Farms supplying major retailers will have to start producing carbon footprint assessments from April next year. Kite Consulting’s John Allen told Farmers Weekly this is in […]

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Dairy farms turn to forage to manage spiralling costs

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Dairy farms should maximise milk from forage to manage a 15% rise in the five-year average concentrate price, and parlour cake prices at more than £300/t.   This was the sentiment of advisers at UK Dairy Day at Telford (15 September), as farms enter the winter housing period. Global market volatility has produced across-the-board inflation […]

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5 calf deformities, causes and what to do

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Calf deformities at birth are caused by a wide range of issues, including physical, nutritional, infectious, and genetic. Some remain a mystery. Alex Roberts, from Garston Veterinary Group in the South West, looks at some of the more common deformities and how to manage these animals calving and what considerations need to be made post-calving. […]

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Maize harvest edges closer but coupled with drought warning

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Calf deformities at birth are caused by a wide range of issues, including physical, nutritional, infectious, and genetic. Some remain a mystery. Alex Roberts, from Garston Veterinary Group in the South West, looks at some of the more common deformities and how to manage these animals calving and what considerations need to be made post-calving. […]

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BSE identified in dead cow on Somerset farm

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A single case of classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) said the infected cow died and has been removed. Movement restrictions have been put in place in the area and investigations are under way to try to identify the origin of […]

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UK Dairy Day 2021: Results from the showring

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Altogether 7,000 farmers flocked to UK Dairy Day at Telford on 15 September, the first big dairy show of the calendar for 2021. Numbers were back on the 9,000 footfall recorded in 2019, but organisers said that was to be expected with people still nervous about Covid. See also: Advice on feeding silage this winter […]

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Video: How to take an integrated approach to rodent control

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The best way to deal with rat infestations is not to have them in the first place. Waiting until you see rats running around the farm is too late. Every rat consumes about 10% of its bodyweight a day, or approximately 25-30g, according to Oliver Madge of PestWise. That’s the cost of having rats on […]

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