How one dairy farm moved to a regenerative grazing system

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Using cattle as a tool, Sam Vincent has improved pasture diversity and soil health and resilience. He has mostly achieved this by adapting the grazing management at Rookery Farm near Sherborne to mob grazing. The 100-cow milking herd grazes cells, set up temporarily within a field. For example, a 3ha (7.5 acre) paddock is divided […]

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8 steps to get started with regen grassland management

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A shift towards regenerative and more holistic grazing systems is enabling farmers to build greater resilience to fluctuations in weather patterns and market prices by working more closely with nature and reducing interventions. Regenerative grazing involves higher-intensity, short grazing periods with long resting times in-between, using a system of paddocks. It keeps the sward height […]

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August 2021 bull proofs: Latest rankings

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Regenerative farming offers numerous solutions to animal disease, says Rob Howe, vet at LLM Vets Lancashire and a Nuffield scholar. But any big change of system, such as moving to more regenerative practices, can throw up new health problems, and vets have a huge role to play in helping with such a transition. Integrated parasite […]

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How regenerative livestock farming can aid parasite control

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Regenerative farming offers numerous solutions to animal disease, says Rob Howe, vet at LLM Vets Lancashire and a Nuffield scholar. But any big change of system, such as moving to more regenerative practices, can throw up new health problems, and vets have a huge role to play in helping with such a transition. Integrated parasite […]

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Wye catchment farmers vow to limit phosphate losses

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Farmers in Herefordshire are taking steps to reduce phosphate levels in the River Wye and bring the catchment back into balance, having recognised the scale of the problem and the considerable change required. At a meeting organised jointly by the Wye and Usk Foundation and local farmers on Tuesday (3 August), three main sources of […]

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A new genetic index for carbon-friendly cows

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Two new genetic indexes to help farmers breed more environmentally friendly cows will feature in the August bull proofs, due to be launched next week. EnviroCow reflects the important role genetics and breeding play in improving the environmental efficiency of milk production.  Incorporating cow lifespan, milk production, fertility and the new Feed Advantage index, EnviroCow […]

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WIYLS vists a £60,000 purpose-built calf shed

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Involving a team of professionals including vets and building experts in the design of a new calf shed has helped a Welsh dairy farm create fit-for-purpose housing for rearing its future heifer replacements. Andrew Richards, a third-generation farmer at family-run Penhill Farm, Ferryside, had been housing heifers in traditional farm buildings. These were poorly ventilated, […]

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Can all-forage dairy diets be practical and profitable?

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At about 3,250 litres annually, cows fed wholly on forage produce much less milk than dairy herds on diets including concentrates. But producers who have made the switch say other significant benefits more than make up for it. “I can hear you thinking, how are we going to make a profit from that?” says Pasture-Fed Livestock […]

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What can we learn from other countries about future BVD control?

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BVD control remains voluntary in England and Wales, unlike other parts of the UK and Europe, where governments now have mandatory controls in place to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. With Wales and England likely to apply to their respective governments for compulsory legislation to be introduced in the next few years, what […]

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New progress tracker helps in fight against Johne’s

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A new tool for interpreting Johne’s disease test results has been developed to help farmers make informed decisions about how to control the chronic and irreversible condition in their herds. The Johne’s Progress Tracker compares an individual farm’s data with benchmarks that have a significant impact on infection rates. It provides a common framework for […]

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