Advice on setting up a dairy grazing rotation

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Rotational grazing involves dividing a field into smaller paddocks and rotating livestock around these paddocks. It can not only improve weight gains compared to traditional set stocking, but resting paddocks allows grass to recover quicker. James Daniel from Precision Grazing offers advice on how to set up a rotational grazing system and what to do […]

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Tissue tagging top tips for BVD control

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Eradicating Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) from your herd and staying clear of it means healthier and more productive stock, less hassle for you and your staff plus financial benefits. The cost to the national herd could be as high as £61m1. The benefits have been estimated at £442 per cow along with reduced antibiotic usage […]

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5 tips on making late silage

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Making silage late into the autumn is no longer the exception to the rule, with farmers ignoring the calendar and opting to cut when quality grass is available. The rules of making late-cut silage are different to crops taken earlier in the season, but they share the key focus of maximising quality and minimising dry […]

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Calf bottles and tube feeders on test

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It is unsurprising many farmers are switching from bottles to buckets with teats for feeding milk to older calves. Our test, carried out over a four-month period at my family dairy farm in Shropshire where we feed dairy and beef calves twice a day, revealed a limited selection of decent bottles on the market. Another […]

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How share-milking can provide a route into dairy farming

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It is unsurprising many farmers are switching from bottles to buckets with teats for feeding milk to older calves. Our test, carried out over a four-month period at my family dairy farm in Shropshire where we feed dairy and beef calves twice a day, revealed a limited selection of decent bottles on the market. Another […]

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Free TB biosecurity advice moves England-wide

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The TB Advisory Service (TBAS) is expanding the area it covers to offer all farmers in England with livestock susceptible to TB free biosecurity advice to protect their herds and reduce the spread of the disease. This means from the autumn more farmers will have access to advice on how to assess what can be […]

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Getting into dairy farming: Options for new entrants

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Buying land for £13,000/acre (£32,000/ha) or renting at more than £250/acre (£6,100/ha) in dairying areas is extremely challenging for a young business without much equity.  However, if you are young, skilled and capable of providing quality labour, you are a big asset to an industry short on staff.  And while dairy farming is capital intensive, […]

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How to find and employ apprentices on your dairy farm

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Employing an apprentice is straightforward, and there is financial support and help available from the various governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People consultant Paul Harris from Real Success outlines his seven top tips for attracting the best candidates for your farm. The exact rules vary by country, but some principles are consistent: […]

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How a young dairy farmer began contract farming

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Employing an apprentice is straightforward, and there is financial support and help available from the various governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People consultant Paul Harris from Real Success outlines his seven top tips for attracting the best candidates for your farm. The exact rules vary by country, but some principles are consistent: […]

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3 time-consuming tasks you can automate on your dairy

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Employing an apprentice is straightforward, and there is financial support and help available from the various governments in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. People consultant Paul Harris from Real Success outlines his seven top tips for attracting the best candidates for your farm. The exact rules vary by country, but some principles are consistent: […]

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