Why urea-based products should be avoided to preserve grain

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Urea-based products used to preserve rolled grain lose at least 40% of nitrogen content before they are consumed by the animal, new research has shown. Urea acts as a preservative, reducing moulds, and increases the crude protein content of grain stored at 12-22% moisture. However, 40-70% of the nitrogen in urea is lost to the […]

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Dairy’s chemical-free disinfectant delivers multiple benefits

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A dairy farm in Norfolk has replaced chemical disinfectants with a system using only water and low-voltage electricity. This has helped reduce the farm’s carbon footprint, improved cow health, delivered a safer working environment and made savings on dairy maintenance. The on-farm, chemical-free dairy disinfection system has been developed by Oxi-Tech Solutions. It produces a […]

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Dairy Group wins bursary to devise industry net-zero roadmap

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The Trehane Trust has awarded a £15,000 bursary to national dairy advisory company The Dairy Group to research and recommend a roadmap to help UK dairy farmers become net zero within the government’s timeframe. The NFU has set the ambitious goal of reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the whole of agriculture in England […]

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What are the pros and cons of min-till maize?

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There are two types of min-till systems: deeper min-till and shallow min-till. Deeper min-till involves cultivating to a depth of 22.5-25cm using a machine like a subsoiler with a leg and discs to cultivate the soil surface. Shallow min-till machines cultivate the top 15cm of soil. Neither inverts the soil as a plough does. Sometimes […]

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April 2021 bull proofs: The latest movers and shakers

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There are two types of min-till systems: deeper min-till and shallow min-till. Deeper min-till involves cultivating to a depth of 22.5-25cm using a machine like a subsoiler with a leg and discs to cultivate the soil surface. Shallow min-till machines cultivate the top 15cm of soil. Neither inverts the soil as a plough does. Sometimes […]

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A more efficient way to deal with heat stress

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In the recent past, ambient temperatures in the UK were not considered an important factor  in milk production. However, growing evidence suggests that even the relatively low ambient temperatures experienced during the UK summer can cause symptoms of heat stress in dairy cows. Lower milk yields, depressed feed intakes, reduced fertility and increased risk of […]

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Advice for supplementary feeding dairy calves at grass

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In the recent past, ambient temperatures in the UK were not considered an important factor  in milk production. However, growing evidence suggests that even the relatively low ambient temperatures experienced during the UK summer can cause symptoms of heat stress in dairy cows. Lower milk yields, depressed feed intakes, reduced fertility and increased risk of […]

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6 lean management techniques to improve dairy efficiency

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Applying lean management principles to running a dairy farm has reduced wastage and increased efficiency at Tyddyn yr Eglwys, near Llanfyrnach in Pembrokeshire. Dylan and Hannah Harries have been working with lean management consultant Jana Hocken, from New Zealand, to improve performance on the 550-cow, spring-calving unit by streamlining tasks and delegating some of the […]

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Tips for engaging staff in herd health meetings

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Applying lean management principles to running a dairy farm has reduced wastage and increased efficiency at Tyddyn yr Eglwys, near Llanfyrnach in Pembrokeshire. Dylan and Hannah Harries have been working with lean management consultant Jana Hocken, from New Zealand, to improve performance on the 550-cow, spring-calving unit by streamlining tasks and delegating some of the […]

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How to cut dairy staff hours for a better work-life balance

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Many dairy consultants now recommend offering staff a 50-55-hour working week for the best work-life balance, but can it be done? Farmers Weekly spoke to Andersons consultant Jake Armstrong-Frost to get tips on how to implement a shorter week. We also talk to three farmers who have seen huge benefits from reducing staff working hours. […]

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