How to get the most from this year’s variable silage crop

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This year’s silage is proving to be variable in quality and will need careful and frequent monitoring to make the best use of it. That is the verdict on samples from more than 2,100 first cuts and 1,170 second cuts tested by Trouw Nutrition GB’s analytical laboratory. Results confirm the effect of an extended and […]

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Should bulky maize crops be cut high?

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This year’s maize crops are very tall in many areas and will provide a lot of forage for growers, initial reports from Farmers Weekly’s first Maize Watch of 2021 shows.   With a lot of grass silage already in the pit, livestock farms may wish to consider cutting high to increase the energy density and […]

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How spring-calving herd started using genomics

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Genomically testing replacements has flagged up a genomic profitable lifetime index (£PLI) gap of up to £286 between heifers at a Pembrokeshire dairy farm. The Hannah family, who farm at Mountjoy, near Haverfordwest, screened 94 heifers at 20 months old as a Farming Connect demonstration farm project. Their aim is to fast-track genetic gain in […]

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Approved TB tester numbers increase, but more needed

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More than 100 people from across the agricultural community have now qualified or are in training to become an approved tuberculin tester (ATT) of cattle. The ATT role, created by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha) last November following a successful pilot, allows paraprofessional staff to support vets in carrying out TB testing in […]

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Last chance to have your say on NI bovine TB strategy

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The head of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has urged all farmers to respond to the NI government’s consultation on its future strategy to eradicate bovine TB in cattle herds, which closes this week. “This is a once-in-a-generation chance to get something done about this problem on livestock farms in Northern Ireland,” UFU president Victor […]

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NI dairy farmers lose entire herd to bovine TB

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A dairy farming family in Northern Ireland has spoken of the devastation of losing their entire herd to bovine TB. The Ulster Farmers’ Union featured the father and son’s heart-breaking story in a video posted on its Facebook page. The six-minute film has been viewed more than 105,000 times and it has received 1,500 reactions […]

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Advice on closing paddocks for winter

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Careful budgeting of grass through the autumn is central to the success of the dairy farming system at Clive Hall Farm near Winsford in Cheshire, where owner/manager Phil Asbury describes the autumn rotation as “spring in reverse”. This indicates the precision with which he manages his autumn grazing, to make the most of late-season grass […]

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Deadline looms for all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone review

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Time is running out for Welsh farmers to have their say on the potential impact of the all-Wales nitrate vulnerable zones (NVZs). The regulations were implemented in April and saw restrictions on slurry and fertiliser applications imposed across Wales, rather than a previous land area covering just 2.4%. Costs of upgrading infrastructure have been put […]

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Farmer Focus: New writer joins the team from Cumbria

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As this is my first piece, I guess I’d better introduce myself and explain a little about what we do here. My name is Tom Stable and I’m the third generation of the Stable family to milk cows here at Bolton Manor Farm. I farm with my wife, Anna, and parents, Mike and Denise. We […]

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Rotational grazing allows farmer to up stocking rate by 40%

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Since rotationally grazing his youngstock, Cumbrian dairy farmer Adrian Bland has been able to increase the amount of stock he carries on his farm by 40% as well as maintaining growth rates. A ‘light bulb moment’ three years ago saw Mr Bland, of Ninezergh Farm, Levens, switch from set-stocking to rotationally grazing his youngstock – […]

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